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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On February 5, 2014 @ 5:17 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and fun

Heart electric generators [1]

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

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

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X [3]

3. Health insurance is most expensive in Aspen, Vail and other Colorado resort areas. (Learn more at AARP [4])

400-health-insurance-ski-news-roundup [5]

4. Squeals of a male pig penned with five sows in heat sounds like a domestic disturbance. (Learn more at N.Y. Daily News [6])

5. Facebook marked its 10th anniversary by making a personal video for each of its billion or so users. (Learn more at MTV [7])

Facebook user movies [7]

6. Testosterone gel might boost a man’s “low T” but also his heart attack risk. (Learn more at AARP [8])

7. Poet Robert Frost was a lot smarter than he’s given credit for. (Learn more at New York Times [9])

8. A Chinese lunar rover tweeted about its own sad demise. (Learn more at The Independent [10])

Chinese lunar rover tweets [10]

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 [11])

10. Boots that detect land mines could save thousands of lives. (Learn more at Gizmag [12])

Boots that detect land mines [12]

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 [13])

Bonus video: Do you agree that Bob Dylan “lost the Super Bowl [14]” – sort of like the Broncos?

YouTube Preview Image [15]

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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 [18];

Music: Longitudinal exploitation by Relias [19], via SoundCloud

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[1] Image: http://www.futurity.org/pacemakers-future-batteries-required/

[2] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-2014/civil-rights-movement-timeline-photo.html#slide7?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[3] Image: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-2014/civil-rights-movement-timeline-photo.html#slide7

[4] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/02/05/10-most-expensive-insurance-markets/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/400-health-insurance-ski-news-roundup.jpg

[6] N.Y. Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/sound-cops-discover-pigs-porking-pen-article-1.1602691

[7] MTV: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1721733/facebook-turns-10-years-old.jhtml

[8] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/31/does-low-t-treatment-bring-high-heart-attack-risk/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[9] New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1aquvaw

[10] The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/goodnight-earth-goodnight-humanity-chinas-jade-rabbit-rover-tweets-its-own-death-9103864.html

[11] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/02/04/now-you-have-direct-access-to-your-lab-reports/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[12] Gizmag: http://www.gizmag.com/lemur-studio-saveonelife/30569/

[13] Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/adambvary/catching-fire-was-the-first-film-with-a-female-lead-to-top-t

[14] lost the Super Bowl: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2014/02/why-bob-dylan-lost-the-super-bowl-and-why-coke-won.html

[15] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlSn8Isv-3M

[16] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[17] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[18] Lemur Studio: http://www.lemurstudio.com.co/

[19] Relias: https://soundcloud.com/relias

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[21] CVS to Stop Sales of All Tobacco Products: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/02/05/cvs-to-stop-sales-of-all-tobacco-products/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[22] ‘For What It’s Worth’ by Buffalo Springfield and 16 Other Songs Everyone Over 50 Should Own: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-03-2012/songs-50-year-olds.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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