Red Bull Athletes
Why has the Red Bull energy drink company built up its very own sporting empire, organizing aerobatics competitions, sponsoring snowboarders and running a soccer team in New York?
Doping is the biggest problem facing professional sport, yet so far Red Bull hasn't joined the fight to end the practice. Why should it? Its own product may not be on any list of banned substances, but it purports to "give you wings," give you a boost. That's what it's all about. A new sort of athlete is emerging. You could call it "Generation Red Bull." In an ideal world you would end up with someone like Sebastian Vettel; a friendly version of this species of passionate, ruthless, rather narcissistic sportsmen and -women. Red Bull athletes are egotistical and daring.
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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