Facebook has revealed more details about its efforts to bring the internet to remote parts of the world. Late last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook is hiring team members from a U.K.-based company that creates solar powered drones as well as people from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center. The team’s goal is to help with the Facebook-led project Internet.org, which aims to connect more than 70 percent of the world’s seven billion people who are not yet online. Google launched a similar undertaking earlier this year, with the goal of getting everyone on Earth online. It’s called Project Loon, and so far has launched Internet-beaming antennas atop giant helium balloons. (Yahoo)
Lovemaking Makes You Smarter
A study from the Hamburg Medical Research Institute reveals that lovemaking stimulates the brain and makes people smarter. German researcher Werner Habermehl says the extra intelligence comes from the increased amount of adrenaline and cortisol hormones that are produced during lovemaking.
Disney Tops List of World’s Most Beloved Companies
There are certain companies that we don’t just buy from, but that we really like, and after doing years of research on global brands, APCO Insight has put out a list of the world’s 100 most beloved companies, based on what it calls “emotional linking.” CNBC reports that APCO surveyed some 70,000 people in 15 major global markets on their feelings about 569 companies, looking at the emotions the brands inspire in people, such as pride, admiration, curiosity, empowerment, etc. The top 10 were:
- Auchan — French “hypermarket” retailers
- Whole Foods
Piers Morgan Ends CNN Show with Final Call for Gun Control
Piers Morgan‘s prime time CNN show ended on Friday (March 28th) after three years, and he ended the program with a final call for gun control in the U.S., a stance he’s controversially pushed for before on Piers Morgan Live, particularly in the wake of the Newtown school massacre. Morgan cited gun violence statistics and expressed dismay that tougher gun laws weren’t enacted after Newtown and the Aurora movie theater mass shooting, blaming politicians that he said had been bullied into what he called “cowardly” silence by the gun lobby. He stated, “To those who claim my gun control campaign has been anti-American, well, the reverse is true. I’m so pro-American I want more of you to stay alive.” The British-born Morgan has explained his poor ratings by saying the CNN audience had gotten tired of a Brit weighing in on American cultural issues.