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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 02/5/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

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Heart electric generators

1. Tiny new generators that convert the motion of a beating heart into electrical energy could power pacemakers. (Learn more at Futurity)

2. On March 26, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met for the first and only time. (Learn more at AARP)

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

3. Health insurance is most expensive in Aspen, Vail and other Colorado resort areas. (Learn more at AARP)

400-health-insurance-ski-news-roundup

4. Squeals of a male pig penned with five sows in heat sounds like a domestic disturbance. (Learn more at N.Y. Daily News)

5. Facebook marked its 10th anniversary by making a personal video for each of its billion or so users. (Learn more at MTV)

Facebook user movies

6. Testosterone gel might boost a man’s “low T” but also his heart attack risk. (Learn more at AARP)

7. Poet Robert Frost was a lot smarter than he’s given credit for. (Learn more at New York Times)

8. A Chinese lunar rover tweeted about its own sad demise. (Learn more at The Independent)

Chinese lunar rover tweets

Chinese TV covered the lunar rover, named “Jade Rabbit,” in happier days.

9. It’s official: To get lab test results, you don’t have to depend on your doctor. (Learn more at AARP)

10. Boots that detect land mines could save thousands of lives. (Learn more at Gizmag)

Boots that detect land mines

11. Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the first movie featuring a female lead to top the U.S. box office in at least 40 years. (Learn more at (Buzzfeed)

Bonus video: Do you agree that Bob Dylan “lost the Super Bowl” — sort of like the Broncos?

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Images — Piezoelectric nanoribbons: University of Arizona/University of Illinois; Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X: Alamy; Ski jumping: Getty Images; Facebook movie: Steve Mencher; Chinese lunar rover: CCTV/YouTube; Mine-sweeping boot app: Lemur Studio;

Music: Longitudinal exploitation by Relias, via SoundCloud

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