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November 08, 2013

5 Healthy Takes on Classic Comfort Foods

Bowl of chili on a tableWhether it's the changing weather, a hard day at work, or the approaching holidays, around this time of year many of us find ourselves reaching for comfort foods — the saltier, crunchier, greasier, or sugarier, the better. For those without iron willpower, fall is often a season of cheesy, fried, baked, deliciously unhealthy meals and snacks, sometimes from unknown or unsavory sources. However, there is hope, for your cravings, arteries, and food ethics: there are delicious and healthy comfort foods out there. We've collected a few of the easiest and most satisfying healthy comfort food favorites for you to try. Next time you feel tempted to turn into a drive-through or reach for boxed mac 'n cheese, try one of these eco-recipes to sate your appetite: 

For Dinners and Snacks: 

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November 07, 2013

Stunning Art Made from Trash

Sandles trash art and photo by John Dahlsen
"Thongs" by John Dahlsen

An ad for a new line of footwear at Old Navy? Nope, these brightly colored sandals are part of an art piece for a new show at the Anchorage Museum. The exhibition if part of the Gyre Project, a collaboration between scientists, artists, museums, and filmmakers. The art they've produced will inspire, and just maybe shock you (see photos below). 

Art has helped build awareness with other global environmental issues that are hard to see. In 2010, artists "flooded" dry arroyos in New Mexico with blue art visible from space. “The world’s best scientists have tried to wake up politicians to the climate crisis,” said Bill McKibben, a spokesperson for 350.org. “Now we’re counting on artists to help.” Other provocative eco art has included giant polar bear sculptures and melting portraits

The Gyre Project builds the eco-awareness for a different crisis: non-biodegradable plastic trash, which collects in the world oceans and washes ashore in pristine places like southwestern Alaska. The "gyres" are gyrating systems of currents that keep trash circulating in loops. Trash collected for the exhibition come from the northern Pacific gyre.

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November 04, 2013

The Internet's Best Live Animal Cams

Small bird pirched on camera lensEvery good internet procrastinator has explored the live puppy and kitten cams the web has to offer. Hours intended for studying or working can easily and happily be spent watching fluffy baby animals play on your computer screen. But it doesn't stop there — there are more wildlife cameras broadcasting online than any one person could hope to view, from cockroach cams to bear live feeds. Viewers can observe animals they might never safely have the chance to safely approach the wild, and explore new places otherwise inaccessible to them, all from their laptops. We've collected a few of the more unique animal adventures you can explore right now online. Watch the live video feeds below. 

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