‘Time’ Magazine Names President Obama its 2012 ‘Person of the Year’
Time magazine announced Wednesday (December 19th) that it had chosen President Obama as its 2012 “Person of the Year,” with manging editor Richard Stengel saying, “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America.” In the accompanying cover story, Time’s Michael Scherer wrote that Obama’s re-election last month showed that, quote, “the Obama effect was not ephemeral anymore, no longer reducible to what had once been mocked as that ‘hopey-changey stuff.’ . . . America debated and decided this year: history would not record Obama’s presidency as a fluke.” Obama was also chosen in 2008, the year he was elected the nation’s first black president. The cover of the “Person of the Year” issue, showing a stark photo of a pensive Obama, has a silver border, just the fourth time in Time’s 89-year history that the magazine was published without its trademark red border.
- The runners-up were: Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani women’s rights activist who survived after being shot by the Taliban; Apple CEO Tim Cook; Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi; and Fabiola Gianotti, one of the head scientists at Europe’s CERN research center, which this year announced their discovery of the near-certainty of the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that’s a basic building block of the universe that had been theorized for decades.
Coffee May Lower The Risk Of Mouth Cancer
A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology links drinking more than four-cups of coffee per day with about a 50-percent drop in risk of dying from oral and pharyngeal cancers. The study was based on about 970-thousand people who were part of the Cancer Prevention Study II, who were followed for 26-years. Researchers say the link was found between drinking caffeinated coffee and the decreased in risk of death from oral and throat cancers. Researchers noted that a slight association was also found with decaffeinated coffee, but that it was not as strong as with caffeinated coffee. Researchers say that this is only an association, and more work is needed to figure out exactly what is at the root of this finding. (Huffington Post)
Habitable Planet May Be A Mere 12 Light Years Away
A sun-like star nearby our solar system may host a planet that could potentially sustain life, astronomers say. The star is called Tau Ceti– astronomers say it hosts five planets, and is less than 12-light-years from Earth. Astronomers say one of those planets has a minimum mass of 4.3-times that of Earth, and would be the smallest planet found in the habitable area of a sun-like star if it is confirmed. Researchers say the five planets will not be considered official discoveries until they are confirmed by further analysis or observation. The star Tau Ceti has been featured prominently in science fiction over the years due to it’s proximity to Earth and sun-like nature. (Fox News)
Instagram Says It Will Not Use Your Photos For Advertisements
Instagram, a popular mobile photo-sharing service, announced late Tuesday (December 18th) that the company does not plan to use users’ photos in advertisements. Instagram caused a stir when it released its new terms of service early Tuesday morning (December 18th) that said the company had the right to use users’ photos in advertisements without consent or compensation. Instagram now says it will remove the language from its terms of service that suggests using users’ photos in advertisements. However, Instagram maintains that it was created to become a business and would like to experiment with various forms of advertisements to make money. Currently, the free service does not run any ads. Facebook bought Instagram in September. (Fox News)
Miss USA Olivia Culpo Crowned Miss Universe
Miss USA Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old Boston University student from Rhode Island, was crowned Miss Universe last night (December 19th) in Las Vegas, becoming the first U.S. winner of the title since 1997. Culpo, who’s also an accomplished cello player, beat out 88 other contestants from six continents, with Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon coming in second, and Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero third. After the competition, Culpo told reporters she hoped to bring the country some good news in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Connecticut, saying, “It’s such an honor to be representing the USA in an international beauty contest in spite of all the tragedy that’s happened in this country lately. I really hope that this this will raise everybody’s spirits a little.”