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A Flower Reference Guide Catalogued by Color

Flower Color Guide is the first reference book on flower types organized by color, with an emphasis on seasonality and color schemes. It contains photographs of 400 varieties of flowers organized by color gradation, starting with a white rhododendron molle azalea

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Who’s Behind ICE: The Tech and Data Companies, including Amazon and Palantir, Fueling Deportations

Various immigration and Latinx-focused organizations – Mijente, the National Immigration Project, and the Immigrant Defense Project – commissioned Empower LLC to conduct in-depth research on the complexities of technology infrastructure surrounding expansive, data-driven, and aggressive immigration enforcement and unprecedented levels

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The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture

In the current issue of The New Yorker, there’s an article talking about how our conceptions of classical sculpture were influenced by racialized ideas of whiteness when first discovered by archaeologists. When our current society thinks of classical sculpture, we think

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National Geographic Creates Digital Vintage Map Archive

The above map is a panorama of London, hand-painted by seven National Geographic artists in 1961. It’s one of the more recent maps in the vast trove that the magazine has digitized — there are over 6,000 maps that date

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There’s a Fungus Among Us…But What’s Its Name? On the Efforts to Catalog Mushrooms

By day, Californian Alan Rockefeller works in cybersecurity. But by…well, later in the day, he’s a mushroom hunter and cataloger, one of a few dedicated volunteers that keep mycology moving. Because mushroom taxonomy isn’t an especially new or sexy field,

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The Man Who Classified Music

Meet the man classifying every genre of music on Spotify — all 1,387 of them Do you prefer ‘neurostep’ or ‘vapor house’? Spotify’s ‘data alchemist’ is using technology to help identify new musical trends. (Headline and photo from The Toronto

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Classifying the Stars

Recently I finished reading a book I picked up at the library on a whim called The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel. It is about the women

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The Constitution’s taxonomy of officers and offices

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/09/25/the-emoluments-clauses-litigation-part-1-the-constitutions-taxonomy-of-officers-and-offices/?utm_term=.17f151f1bbe7 This articles details the hierarchical taxonomy of the offices of the United States of America, specifically the Office of the Presidency and the other offices of the Executive and Legislative branches. What this article examines is how various versions

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LODLAM Summit 2017 – Technical Challenge Entry: Tag The Web Project

  The main purpose of this project is to create a universal classification on the Web based on the common sense rather than on a traditional classification system created by domain experts. That is, we believe it is easier to

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On the Philosophical Implications of Shelving Books or, The Time I Reorganized the Cook Books at BookCourt

Two years ago, I was working at BookCourt in the wake of a particularly crazed holiday shopping season. The store was empty in the way all of New York feels emptied out in January and July, and I spent several

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