1. “First the pope and now Andrew Mason!?!"
Andrew Mason continued the popular Silicon Valley "I’ve just been fired" meme with a blunt note to employees at Groupon:
"After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding — I was fired today.”
2. Famous Brain of the Day: Vladimir Lenin
Lenin's brain was preserved by the Soviets in order to provide proof that he was a genius. Now his brain is giving us insights into his death, which is a celebrated medical mystery. It turns out that blood vessels around Lenin’s brain were heavily calcified, suggesting he had a severe case of atherosclerosis. Read more here.
3. Today is Sequestration Day!
If you have to read one article on sequestration, Steven Rattner's piece is a brief breakdown of the big mess. Here it is.
"Measurable cerebral activity is virtually absent." That was Joan Didion's famous diss of Bob Woodward, whose post-Watergate reporting Didion claimed was not exactly up to snuff.
Then this happened:
5. The Colors of Mercury
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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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