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  • Many people are profoundly misinformed about how much energy they use and how much they can save, according to a study published in PNAS on Monday. A sampling of adults showed that most people incorrectly think that actions like turning off lights and unplugging idle cell phone chargers save more energy than using more efficient appliances, like compact fluorescent light bulbs. They also proved to be poor at estimating differences in energy use between various appliances, suggesting that the public needs a significant re-education on energy use.

    The energy study had two parts: first, people were asked what was the single most effective thing they could do to conserve energy. Next, they were asked to estimate the energy use of nine household appliances, using a 100-watt light bulb as a reference point, and the amount of energy saved by six household activities, such as line-drying clothes instead of using an electric dryer.

  • Includes Designing with Data (2010) By Brian Suda

    In recent years, the terms Visualization, Infographic and others have been bantered around with almost no regard to their use or meaning. There is a new vernacular emerging in the realms of data representations, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore the much simpler origins and best practices of charts and graphs.

    Brian Suda takes you on a journey through the basics and makes it easy to produce beautiful looking, accurate representations of data. He’ll walk you through how to visualize and design data in such a way that it engages the reader and tells a story rather than just being flashy, cluttered and confusing.

  • Kim O’Donnel is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality and longtime journalist. She’s a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and The University of Pennsylvania. Formerly of The Washington Post, Kim has also written for Real Simple, Huffington Post, CivilEats.com, True/Slant and Smithsonian.com. She’s a regular contributor to Culinate, where she hosts a weekly cooking chat. Kim is the founder of Canning Across America, a collective dedicated to the revival of preserving food.

    Kim was a 2009 Duncan Eat-Write fellow at The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Ark. She is a member of the International Association for Culinary Professionals and a volunteer with the USDA’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative.

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