11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun     1. Naked mole-rats may hold the secret to conquering aging in humans. (Learn more at Vox.com) 2. A man in deep thought has been lurking beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces. (Learn more at AARP)   3. A new “smart cup” can recognize and track everything you drink – and even tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. (Learn more at The Verge)   >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. 4. The stereotype of …

Who’s the Man Behind This Picasso Masterpiece?

Art experts have found a depiction of a man hidden behind the surface of Pablo Picasso’s 1901 masterpiece “The Blue Room,” the Associated Press reports. The five-year study - by scientists and curators from the Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Cornell University and Delaware’s Winterthur Museum – uncovered an expressionless bearded man dressed in a jacket resting his head on his hand. But who is it? And why did Picasso paint over him? No one yet knows. >> Sign up …

Though Partially Blind, Hal Lasko Paints Up a Storm of Pixels

For Hal Lasko, a computer is a tool for painting. Not for email. Not for surfing the web. Not for Facebook or YouTube. Just painting. What’s amazing about Lasko, 97, is that he can paint at all. He’s legally blind after a condition called wet macular degeneration slowly eroded his vision. Yet he spends about 10 hours a day in front of his computer working on six or so paintings at a time. It takes him two days to a …