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The Late Movies: Power Ballads

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While the days of truly great power ballads (and truly great hair in music videos) have passed, there is always time to sit back and reflect on the glory of a tough-as-nails metal musicians going soft for just one song. Here, we’ve rounded up a bunch of our favorites, but sure to tell us which songs melt your heart in the comments.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Poison’s only number-one hit was released in 1988 and was written by Bret Michaels.

To Be With You

Mr. Big’s hit song charted in more than 20 countries. It was written by band member Eric Martin years before he joined the supergroup.

(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight

Released in 1986, this tune from Cutting Crew has been featured in several films, including 2010’s Hot Tub Time Machine.

I Want to Know What Love Is

The song, by British group Foreigner, features backing vocals from the New Jersey Mass Choir, who later released their own similar-sounding version of the song.

Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)

Arguably the most popular song by Cinderella, “Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)” was released on the heavy metal band’s second album.

Sweet Child o’ Mine

In addition to featuring sweet Axl Rose hair in the video, “Sweet Child o’ Mine” also features one of the greatest guitar solos of all time (according to Guitar World).

I Remember You

Sebastian Bach claims this was the number-one prom song of 1990. We’re inclined to believe that.

Heaven

Released in 1989, this power ballad put glam metal band Warrant on the map.

I’ll Be There For You

The close-ups of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora in this video are gratuitous. And great! The song took the number-one spot on the Billboard charts in ‘88.

Is This Love

Rumor has it that this Whitesnake song was originally intended for Tina Turner. Wouldn’t that have been an interesting rendition?

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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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