Jim Blessing

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Alaska Is on Track for an Absurdly Hot Year

We’ve reached the point where weird weather is really the new normal. But even in a world full of strange occurrences like El Niño ice blizzards, …

Global Warming

Standing desks may have zero health benefits

Your co-worker standing at the desk next to you may not be getting all the health benefits they think they are.<p>Sitting for long periods has been …

Debate over rhino horn trade ramps up as South Africa ban is lifted

A South African court Thursday threw out a moratorium on the trade of rhino horns, a move hotly debated in a country that, more than any other, holds the survival of the species in its hands.<p>Proponents of lifting the ban argue that doing so will discourage illegal poaching that has steadily …

13 Problems You'll Only Understand If You've Moved To Hawaii

You did it! You packed up all your things and moved to Hawaii. Surely you're living the dream, right?<p>Not so fast.<p>While you might find bliss at the foot of a waterfall or learn about Hawaii's incredible history and people, #HawaiiProblems still exist.<p>After all, everyday can't be a literal (and …

How to Find Your Clarity in 2015

<b>Make 2015 Your Year of Clarity</b><p>For some reason I am writing this while watching the NCAA National Championship. I know this is a serious violation of man-code, but there you have it.<p>Most of my adult life has lacked anything that could be called clarity. The more I wanted to find it, the less of it I …

Getting the Facts Right About the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

The grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown has ignited a firestorm of commentary and disagreement. Debate is to be expected in a large and diverse society such as ours. But as an attorney and a law professor, I am particularly troubled to see so many …

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Let's start with what I'm not going to do.<p>I'm not going to accuse you of staying silent in the face of the horrific atrocities being committed around the world by your co-religionists. Most of you have loudly and unequivocally condemned groups like the Islamic State (ISIS), and gone out of your way …

Dad Claims Kingdom So 7-Year-Old Can Be Real Princess

This guy is taking "Daddy's little princess" a bit too literally.<p>Jeremiah Heaton, a father of three from Abingdon, Virginia, has claimed a patch of land between Egypt and Sudan as his "kingdom" so that his 7-year-old daughter, Emily, can be a real princess, the Associated Press reports.<p>Several …

Jacob's Well Is The Coolest Place To Swim In Texas

Think diving off the deep end is scary? Try jumping into Jacob's Well, which looks like the perfect -- if not terrifying -- way to spend a summer day.<p>Called "The Gem of Texas Hill Country," Jacob's Well is in Wimberley -- a short, 45-minute drive from Austin. The well was discovered in 1850 and is …

Students Protest Free Camel Rides On Campus

The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota planned to bring a camel to campus to celebrate "hump day," until some students started protesting it online.<p>It was just supposed to be a fun event, not tied to anything besides which day of the week it was, all put on by the Residence Hall Association at …

Can Deserts Stop Global Warming? No, but They Help, Study Says

The world's arid areas — deserts filled with scrubby vegetation and sand — are absorbing more of the carbon dioxide that's being emitted into the atmosphere than expected, a new study shows. While these ecosystems will not stop global warming, scientists said the finding provides a better …

Climate Change

Disney Chief Reveals 'Star Wars:Episode VII' Has Begun Shooting, Cast Nearly Complete

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway on April 2, Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn revealed that "Star Wars: Episode VII" has already begun shooting. When asked what was the most difficult part of supervising the movie, Horn responded "casting," but quickly confirmed a …

U.S. companies, especially tech, hold record piles of cash

U.S. companies outside the finance industry are holding more cash on their balance sheets than ever, with $1.64 trillion at the end of 2013.<p>That's up 12 percent from the record in 2012, Moody's Investors Service reported Monday. The technology sector led the charge, with Apple Inc., Microsoft …

The City