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Could Climate Change Affect Your Coffee? Fact vs Fiction

Recently on Twitter, a trending hashtag read: “Without Caffeine, I’d” with people responding with GIFs of puppies falling asleep or people walking into doors. The basic premise was that without caffeine, many of us would lose our ability to function semi-normally. What would you do without your morning brew? There’s some decent evidence that humans may not have advanced as far as we have, technologically, creatively, even philosophically, without the stimulating, energizing magical potion that is coffee. In the 1500-1700s coffee “had a major impact on the rise of business,” with coffee houses become the center for idea-exchanges and business meetings. “Literature, [...]

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Attention Workaholics…Taking Time Off Is Good For You! Here’s Why.

Scientists used to believe that during sleep and downtime our brains would literally just shut down, with no activity at all or the barest minimum activity. They thought those moments of rest meant rest for the entire body, including the brain. Many people probably still believe something similar, though science is increasingly revealing that our brains are actually incredibly active during sleep as well as other so-called “downtime.” In 1929, a neurologist in Germany, Hans Berger, startled many of his academic peers by proposing that “the brain is always in a ‘state of considerable activity,’ even when people were sleeping or [...]

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Protecting Your Business from Hacking, Ransomware & Viruses

Earlier this year, a global hack infiltrated the computers of hospitals and governments through a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Office software that had been reported about weeks previously, but not to the degree that enough people got the message before hackers took full advantage. If at the time of the original reporting, users had manually updated their Microsoft software, they should have been fine; that being said, clearly many did not and a ton of people paid the price. Not only were patients in hospitals vulnerable to the hijacked-for-ransom computers, businesses and governments were vulnerable, making this a hack that threatened [...]

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5 Easy International Spice Blends for Homemade Cooking

Do you find you reach for the same spices over and over again? Maybe you see the same mix of spices posted on each recipe you save. You can pre-mix these spices and save them in airtight containers. Many people think making their own spice mixes at home is difficult, since that’s what celebrity chefs do, right? But the layperson can easily make some flavorful spice blends at home. When you use pre-blended spices, you can ensure consistent flavor in your dishes as well as shave valuable time off your food preparation. Get tasty dinner on the table faster [...]

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3 Primary Trends to Pay Attention to in the Future of Ad Tech

If you haven’t noticed yet because you live underneath Dwayne Johnson’s mansion (hint to that joke: his nickname is The Rock) the Internet changes everything. The Internet has already infiltrated most of our lives in a day-to-day and even minute-to-minute way. If, stubbornly, you shout at me “No way, that’s not true!” Ask yourself how you’re reading my words at this very minute. If a considerate friend of yours printed out this blog post to share with you because you insist on being Off The Grid—technically you’re still accessing Internet content. Also, why on earth do you need to read [...]

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Step Right Up Folks & Gaze Upon These 7 Weird Coffee Products

How much do you love coffee? Drinking it every day, multiple times a day and reading a coffee-themed blog on the regular may not be enough to cut it anymore to qualify you as a true Coffee Fanatic! That’s because there are those coffee fiends among us who have taken their coffee and caffeine obsession to new and unexpected places. Whether you love the smell of coffee so much that you have coffee-scented candles for your home or you need caffeine faster than you can sip a hot brew so you munch on coffee mints—there is now an entire world [...]

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What Is Farm-to-Table? A Detailed Look into this Buzzword.

Farm-to-table is a new trend but it is in no way a new practice. We have our roots in personal farming; since human beings stopped being nomadic and started settling in one spot they utilized agricultural techniques to subsist. Farm-to-table was just how things were until about the end of the 1900s when the United States started to urbanize. Prior to that, “most of the food that Americans ate came from within 50 miles;” but, as we migrated toward urban centers, and shipping and storage technology advanced we got our food from further and further away. This didn’t last too long, [...]

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