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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 01.27.11

Utne Reader Red LogoWant to know what challenges the Internet will face in the near future? Check out the list of the top five over the next five years, according to the judges of the annual Webby Awards.   

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Does it even make sense to own a house? Well, yes . . . in some places

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Can the excess heat from a crematorium be put to better use? Of course, one town in England says: Heat the community swimming pool with it. Always thinking on the bright side, Good asks, “What better way to cap off a life well-lived than by literally keeping your neighbors warm?” 

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Need help feeling patriotic? Look up! Bald eagles are on the move

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If your New Year’s resolution involves being more creative, get inspired by some everyday artists who have vowed to make something new each day. Author and creativity guru Noah Scalin made a skull a day for an entire year. 

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Obsessive, stalkerish fun: Portroids

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Midwest 45s serves up a motherload of obscure soul, funk, and gospel grease from the heartland. 

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Had your fill of the rat race? Why not buy yourself a firetower? Or a desert island? Or maybe you've always dreamed of owning a used bookstore on wheels; here's your opportunity

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They bury elephants, don't they? Take a tour of the final resting places for a bunch of displaced pachyderms. 

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While Christians and the “new atheists” go head to head in the culture wars, they’re missing a larger phenomenon: the animistic beliefs that pervade much of the developing world.  

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China is showing signs of greening up its act, but a legacy of pollution haunts some areas. A powerful 40-minute video report from Yale Environment 360 tells the story of Chinese villagers who band together to fight back against factories that are polluting their town, and government officials who are allowing it.

Source: The Huffington Post, Good, Fast Company, Ready Made, Yale Environment 360, The Chronicle of Higher Education