NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013
Snow day? Okay!
Ice this morning, we’ll see what tomorrow morning brings…
The Year in Facebook: Pope Francis, Royal Baby, and Harlem Shake
What makes something especially shareable online?
It’s well-known. It’s well-regarded. It’s a little surprising.
It’s a subject, in other words, like … the Pope. And, indeed, according to a release from the company itself, Facebook users talked more about Pope Francis than anything else this year.
His Holiness outperformed some other universals: floods and typhoons, political elections, and the Harlem Shake.
Facebook has released year-end reports like this for years now, though the company has spent the past few months framing itself as the home of news discussion across the web. 2012’s most discussed topic around the world was just as newsy, if a little more acrimonious: It was the U.S. presidential election.
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Wintry mix Wonderland on Flickr.
And it’s only a matter of time for Shanahan.
Just one constant behind all the ‘skins losses. (And Norv Turner still laughs)
Christmas Tree Time!
What better way to start a winter stormy day than with the Jingle All the Way 8k?
I could probably use a few more of these to counteract all the holiday parties coming up!
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors
Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias
Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop. Scientists have long assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on by teaching later generations or through personal experience. However, new research has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, found that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations. The results may help to explain why people suffer from seemingly irrational phobias – it may be based on the inherited experiences of their ancestors. (via Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors - Telegraph)
That’s pretty amazing.
Georgetown-High Point at 9:00 pm… Not the biggest draw in Verizon Center, surprisingly.
Alarming Study Finds 70 Percent Of Silent Films Are Gone For Good: LAist
A good chunk of our film’s silent film heritage—from Cleopatra to our first 3D film— are gone forever, according to a new study.
The Library of Congress released a study on Wednesday that revealed around 70 percent of the 11,000 American films created between 1912 to 1930 are lost due to decay, destruction, and neglect, reported Associated Press. Of the remaining films, 14 percent are the original 35 mm prints, while 11 percent are complete films but low quality, and 5 percent are mere fragments of the originals. (via )