2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Thu, Dec 13, 2012
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- Ted Cruz Criticized for Praising Nelson Mandela
- Jay Z leads with 9 Grammy nominations, but newcomers vie for top honors
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Jay Z led all artists with nine Grammy nominations on Friday, but newcomers Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis edged out industry heavyweights for nods in the top categories of the annual music awards. Jay Z picked up nominations in nine categories across pop and rap, including best pop duo performance for "Suit & Tie" with Justin Timberlake, and best rap album for his July release, "Magna Carta...Holy Grail." But the 44-year-old Brooklyn, New York-born rapper failed to land solo nods in the top Grammy categories for record, song, and album of the year, scoring only one as a producer on Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" record, nominated in the album of the year category. Lamar's album will face off against Sara Barielles' "The Blessed Unrest," French electro-dance duo Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," Taylor Swift's "Red" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" for album of the year.
- De Klerk honours Mandela, recalls 'stormy' relationship
F.W de Klerk, the former South African president who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, on Friday paid tribute to his successor while recalling their "often stormy" relationship. "It was an honour to work with former president Nelson Mandela in bringing democracy to South Africa," de Klerk said in a statement after the death of the anti-apartheid hero. When Mandela was finally released from prison in February 1990 he was entrusted with the task of persuading the new president de Klerk to call time on the era of racist white minority rule. Mandela and de Klerk, South Africa's last white president, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their role in the ending of apartheid.
- Lemurs Snooze in Caves Like Early Humans
Some of Madagascar's ring-tailed lemurs head to bed in caves every night, new research finds. The study is the first evidence of modern wild primates sleeping regularly in caves. Early human remains in South Africa have been found in caves, suggesting that although lemurs and humans aren't particularly closely related as far as primates go, there is something in deep primate history that makes caves appealing — possibly protection from predators, said study researcher Michelle Sauther, an anthropologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder. "We think cave-sleeping is something ring-tailed lemurs have been doing for a long time," Sauther said in a statement.
- The Surprising Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
As the saying goes, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Although it doesn't have quite the same ring to it, it might be more accurate to say, "A glass of apple cider vinegar and water a day keeps the doctor away." Most people associate apple cider vinegar with cooking, but its uses go far beyond the kitchen. Apple cider vinegar can provide a wide array of health benefits. Among the long list of issues it can address, apple cider vinegar can help facilitate weight loss and mood enhancement.
- Federal judge criticized by Supreme Court Justice fires back
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge this week defended his custom of urging lead law firms in class actions to staff the lawsuits with women and minority lawyers, two weeks after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito took the unusual step of criticizing the practice. The judicial dustup stems from the Supreme Court's decision on November 18 not to review a challenge to a class action settlement that resolved antitrust claims against Sirius XM Radio Inc. Though it declined to hear the case, Alito wrote a six-page statement criticizing the practice of Judge Harold Baer, of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, of encouraging firms that represent plaintiffs in class actions to assign lawyers that reflect the gender and racial makeup of the class. In court orders, Baer has written that the practice is warranted under a federal rule governing the certification of class action lawsuits.
- Root Causes of Dyslexia Unraveled
Dyslexia, the learning disability that makes reading and processing speech a challenge, may result from problems with brain connectivity, a new study suggests. Some hypothesize that in people with dyslexia, the way that speech sounds are represented in the brain is impaired, while others contend that the brains of people with dyslexia represent the sounds correctly, but have trouble accessing them because of faulty brain connections. Ultimately, understanding the roots of dyslexia could lead to better ways to help people with the disability, the researchers said. These brain representations have to be robust, for instance, all "b" sounds must map to the same category.
- Five Out-of-This-World Gifts for Space Geeks
It is that time of year again, when you need to find a gift for that 'spacial' person in your life — your favorite space geek. Fear not, you needn't purchase your aspiring astronaut a ticket to space for your present to be truly out-of-this-world (though, with Virgin Galactic planning to begin commercial space shots in 2014, this may be the last holiday season for advanced reservations). Space couture is always in style, but if you are seeking something a little less astronomical (the custom-fit jackets cost £450, or about $750), here are five gift ideas that are sure to launch your space geek's spirits sky high. Click through to collectSPACE.com to see more images of the five gifts for the space geek.