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The seemingly persistent rise of plagiarism
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After encountering widespread plagiarism among her graduate students in psychology, Dora D. Clarke-Pine, an associate professor of psychology and school counseling at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., became convinced that much of it was unintentional. Even though these doctoral students had been warned about the seriousness of copying someone’s work without properly citing the source, they seemed not to fully understand what it meant in practice, or had developed sloppy research habits. More

Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk'
Oriental mystique for the shade garden. The intriguing, exotic flowers of 'Taipei Silk' are borne gracefully aloft in amazing profusion on slender stems. Glistening purple blooms are highlighted with paler purple and white, further enhanced by a light freckling of reddish spots. It produces larger flowers, and more of them, than most Tricyrtis varieties. Flowering is continuous from August through September, often extending until hard frost. From Blooms of Bressingham®.

Amazon could sell 3-5 million tablets in fourth quarter
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Watch out, Apple: The Amazon tablet, widely expected to be released this September or October and to be cheaper than the iPad, will be the "only credible iPad competitor in the market" and will "completely disrupt the status quo," Forrester analysts say in a new report. Forrester predicts that Amazon will sell three to five million tablets in the fourth quarter of 2011, if they are priced below $300. (Keep in mind, of course, that Amazon has not officially confirmed that it will release a tablet.) More

GWA's Classroom Podcast, Episode 10: IGC & Public Speaking
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In this episode of GWA's Classroom Podcast, Jean Ann Van Krevelen and Ellen Wells discuss new products from the Independent Garden Center Show (IGC). They also discuss addressing a crowd and the "5 Things Your Mother Never Told You About Public Speaking." More

By the time a self-published author hits it big, do they really need a publisher?
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For now, self-published authors absolutely do need publishers in some form if they want to hit it really big because publishers can get print books into bookstores. But as the John Locke deal demonstrates, they don't necessarily need them to publish the e-books, and in fact, in many if not most cases the authors would prefer to hang onto e-book rights themselves. And this is a major challenge for publishers as we move forward into a primarily e-book world: By the time a self-published author hits it big will they really need a publisher? More

Amsterdam - Hybrid Tomato

Just like a work of art by the great Dutch Masters. Amsterdam is sure to wow you with its sweet flavor. In our trials this year, Amsterdam had one of the highest brix levels of all tomato varieties. Brix levels are indicators of sugar levels in produce. If you like a sweet tasting grape tomato then you should try Amsterdam. more

Creativity in unlikely ways — 5 unconventional writing tips
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Writers and bloggers in need of conventional advice on grammar and style can turn to an endless number of books, experienced industry professionals and websites for guidance. These sources will lead you to rule after rule about what to do and what not to do. Knowing the rules is an important part of the process to becoming a good writer, but sometimes you've got to follow your instincts and break the rules. More

How to get an agent
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Do your research. Find the agents who represent your favorite authors. Look in the Acknowledgments of your favorite books and see who the author thanks. Then do more research. Look on the agents' websites to see what exactly they want in a query. Some only want a one-page synopsis. Some want a detailed bio. Some want the first 10 pages. Some want queries via snail mail, some only electronically. Some aren't accepting queries at all. More

Climate change chases plants, animals to higher altitudes, latitudes
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Researchers comparing more than 100 studies from around the world found that plants and animals are moving to higher altitudes and latitudes, and they attribute the shift to climate change, the scientists report in the journal Science. The researchers found that hundreds of a species have shifted to cooler climes as their original areas warmed, and the faster the area heated up, the more drastic the shift. Species moved uphill an average of 11.1 meters per decade and moved toward the poles at a rate of 16.9 kilometers per decade. These rates are two to three times faster than estimated in a previous study in 2003, the Washington Post reports. More

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CEO: Shift in strategies necessary for TruGreen
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Memphis, Tenn.-based TruGreen lawn care is changing its neighborhood sales strategy as the CEO of parent company, The ServiceMaster Co., continues to talk about the need for the company to improve its performance. ServiceMaster revenues in the quarter increased 3 percent to $967 million from $940 million a year ago with revenue growth in all reporting segments. Overall operating performance grew 9.8 percent in the quarter from a year ago. More

Reality check: LinkedIn is not Facebook
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Because Facebook is the world's largest social network, with 750 million active users as of July 2011, both users and industry analysts have this urge to look at other social networks through the lens of what Facebook has achieved and the ecosystem that has been built around it. Often the two sites that get compared most often are Twitter and Facebook. More recently the discussion has turned to comparing Facebook and Google+. More

Heirloom, Hothouse, and more - Hooray!
Millions of Americans are eager to bite into their first tomato of the season – the ultimate reward for weeks of nurturing. Too many are also biting their nails with worry that insects, early frost, or worms will beat them to the harvest. Worry no more. Frost Protek plant covers are the quick, chemical-free solution to insulate and protect tomato cages, hanging tomatoes, and grow box systems. more

How The New York Times is taking Twitter reporting faster, deeper
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After 346 tweets and 22,000 followers in three days, @NYTLive has gone dormant — for now. The Times' new Twitter megaphone for in-depth, real-time curation of big news stories got its first test run this weekend for Hurricane Irene. What did the Times staff learn? "We learned that people wanted a lot of information, fast," Social Media Editor Liz Heron said. More

Book clubs go digital with Skype
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On a clear evening earlier this month, Meg Wolitzer, author of the bestselling novel "The Uncoupling," sat down as the guest for Eat, Drink, Read, More magazine's book club. Wolitzer was greeted in person by the members of Eat, Drink, Read, but she was also welcomed by nine other book groups around the country, participating in the event through Skype. For the event, More magazine, a women's lifestyle publication with a readership of more than 2 million, partnered with Skype, using their Premium Group Video Calling feature, which allows up to 10 people to connect on one video call. More

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