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Coffee Break

November 17th, 2011 by in Images, Links

5 Scientific Advances That Should Have Changed Everything[Cracked]

Social Media Sites As Magazines – [Tauntr]

More Reasons To Fall In Love With Mila Kunis[GQ]

Dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt, Kunis meets me in the lobby of her apartment building in suburban Detroit, where she is shooting Oz: The Great and Powerful, Sam Raimi’s massive prequel to The Wizard of Oz. (She’s a witch.) It takes one screeched “Hi!” for the interview agenda to go out the window. “Oh, I feel so bad! You’re so siiick!” she coos. “Let’s get you better.” She takes me to a nearby Japanese restaurant for miso soup; it’s closed, but they open for Kunis, a weekly customer. “Cough away,” she instructs me over crab hand rolls. “Don’t hold it in! You’ve got to let it out! Don’t worry about me. I’ll just take some vitamins later.” I have unwittingly stumbled upon the one side of Kunis that hasn’t shown up in movies yet: the Jewish mother.

Are Smart Kids More Likely To Use Drugs?[The Week]

Smart kids are more likely to use drugs such as marijuana and cocaine when they grow up — and the likelihood is stronger among females than males — according to a new British study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Researchers have previously posited that children with a high IQ can grow up to be heavier drinkers.

Google Opens Music Download Store, Welcomes Artists To Upload Directly[ARS Technica]

Forget the major artists though, or even TuneCore and CD Baby for that matter. The most interesting element of the presentation was related to Google’s new Artist Hub; this essentially allows musicians without a music label to completely bypass services like TuneCore—which is what allows them to put their music on other major music stores like iTunes and Amazon—and upload their music directly to Google for sale to users. Artists can build their own artist pages, upload original content, and set their own prices, with Google giving artists 70 percent of sales revenue. (We sure hope Google has a top-notch accounting department for as many individual artist accounts they’re about to start managing!) Musicians who want to participate in the Artist Hub are required to pay a one-time registration fee, but won’t have to pay annual or upload fees after that.

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