Wonder honoured at US music gala


Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel were among the musical stars honoured by Ascap (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) in New York. The singers received Ascap’s Centennial Award for the “incomparable accomplishments” in their careers. Garth Brooks, Joan Baez and composer Stephen Sondheim were also honoured with the accolade. The awards were part of a gala celebration on Monday ...

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Millennials aren't as self-obsessed as you think


By Matt Petronzio This argument isn’t new: Millennials, or those born between 1980 and the mid-’90s, are lazy, apathetic, entitled, narcissistic — the “Selfie Generation,” too obsessed with technology to make lasting, meaningful connections. But as most millennials will tell you, those are exceedingly unfair generalizations. Gen Y does care. In fact, 84% of millennials say that knowing they’re making a positive difference in the ...

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'Singing Comet' Detected By Rosetta Is Pure Science Weirdness


By Ed Mazza There’s a new Pink Floyd album out this week. But if you really want to get spacey, the European Space Agency has released a strange song that’s coming from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Call it the original space jam: The “song” was detected by a magnetometer experiment on Rosetta as it approached the comet and deployed the Philae to ...

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Wal-Mart, Target Gird for Toughest Black Friday Battle Yet


By Phil Wahba The largest U.S. retailers have thrown down the gauntlet this year and announced deeper Black Friday weekend discounts than ever over a longer period, as they are desperate not to lose a single penny to the competition during the holiday shopping wars. Wal-Mart Stores, which recently lowered its sales forecast for the year, stirring fears about its holiday prospects, ...

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Say What? The Literal Meanings of 30 English Words


By Paul Anthony Jones Delving into the origins and etymologies of words often unearths some unexpected stories. Take a word like treadmill, for instance. Depending on what you think of the gym, you might not be too surprised to find that the original treadmill was invented as a hard labor punishment used in Victorian prisons. Inmates would be made to ...

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Peaches Geldof Twitter account hacked


The Twitter account of Peaches Geldof, who died earlier this year at the age of 25, appears to have been hacked. A message has been published under her name which appears to promote “fat-burning” methods and contains a link to Tumblr. The account is currently set to private but users who already followed her were able to see the message. ...

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Pulitzer-winning poet Kinnell dies


Pulitzer Prize-winning US poet Galway Kinnell, best known for his spiritual poems connecting the experiences of daily life to larger forces, has died aged 87. His wife, Barbara, said he died on Tuesday at their home in Vermont, after suffering from leukaemia. Kinnell was among the most celebrated poets of his time and wrote more than a dozen books spanning ...

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Reality Check: You Need to Care About More Than Your Business


By Catherine Clifford The magic of being an entrepreneur is that your job overlaps with your passion. Your day job is not just your day job — it’s your life. Your business is what gets you up in the morning. It’s what makes you excited; it’s what makes you different. When your job is your life’s purpose, it’s awesome. But, ...

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