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6 Supergroups Who Saved The World

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Time for a new feature. 'The Projectionist' will showcase a series of related video clips with commentary and trivia. This first installment was the brainchild of my old roommate Kevin Pell, the pride of Somers, Connecticut. Now set your cellphones to silent and enjoy the feature presentation.

1. Various Artists: "Voices That Care"

Year: 1991
Cause: Operation Desert Storm
Biggest Stars: Garth Brooks, Michael Bolton, Kevin Costner, Will Smith
Strangest Stars: Orel Hershiser, Fred Savage, Don King, Mike Tyson
What To Look For: The forced inclusion of half-hearted lip-synchers Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan (at the 1:03 mark); Ted Danson waving in passing, making me question his involvement (3:24); Gary Busey rocking (3:35); a barely recognizable Alyssa Milano (3:43); The Fonz and Hershiser (4:11); Iron Mike's sweater (4:33)

2. USA for Africa: "We Are The World"

Year: 1985
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia
Biggest Stars: Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder
Strangest Stars: Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Dan Aykroyd
What To Look For: Billy Joel looking confused (1:05); Michael Jackson's socks (1:18); Michael Jackson's glove (1:19); The Springsteen Face (2:14); LaToya (5:48); Aykroyd (multiple times)

3. Band Aid: "Do They Know Its Christmas?"

Year: 1984
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia
Big Stars: Bono, Phil Collins, Sting, Boy George
Bigger Stars Who Appeared Only On The B-Side: Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Annie Lennox
What To Look For: A sweet Duran Duran sweatshirt (2:03); Young Sting looks a lot like Dr. Chase on House (2:43); intense maracas (3:31)

4. Northern Lights: "Tears Are Not Enough"

Year: 1985
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia/Canadian Pride
Biggest Stars: Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Gordon Lightfoot, Geddy Lee
Strangest Stars: John Candy, Paul Schaffer, Wayne Gretzky and other Campbell Conference All-Stars
What To Look For: A better quality video, which you can find here (sorry, embedding was disabled)

5. Hear n' Aid: "Stars"

Year: 1985
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia/The Perception of Heavy Metal Stars
Biggest Stars: Blue Oyster Cult, Dio, Quiet Riot, Queensryche,
Backup Vocalists You'll Know: Vince Neil, Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen
What To Look For: A great idea for an obscure nostalgic t-shirt (0:42); Quiz: Groupies or Heavy Metal Studs? (2:04); Another Quiz: That's not Ron Jeremy, is it? (5:36); a fantastic photo montage (6:20 to end)

6. Old Aid: "We Are The Old"

Year: 1992
Cause: Aging Rock Stars
Biggest Stars: John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful), Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders), Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Richie Havens and Spencer Davis.
Strangest Star: "Axel" Bundy
What To Look For: Axel playing his sandwich (1:40); actual feelings of sympathy for the aging rockers (throughout)

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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