The Cost of Electronic Waste

Photograph by Zoran Milich, Getty Images

Photograph by Zoran Milich, Getty Images

National Geographic published an article today regarding a new report that “warns of billions of dollars lost around the world as countries fail to recycle a glowing glut of electronics waste”.

SOLD: Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”

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In early October, the Wall Street Journal announced that Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev would try to sell his rare, rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci portrait of Christ as “Salvator Mundi,” or the savior of the world.

Last night, the New York Times announced that “Salvator Mundi” sold for $450.3 million with fees, shattering the high for any work of art sold at auction.

Let’s Live Forever

Supercentenarian

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The New York Times posted an article yesterday about the secret to a long life. James Clement has scoured the globe for supercentenarians, aged 110 and older, willing to contribute their genomes to a rare scientific cache.

Berkeley Wellness mentions two recent studies which find that coffee drinkers have modestly lower mortality rates than people who don’t drink coffee.

The Sounds of the Season

Autumn and early winter will be filled with wonderful music and dance, if the Music Center schedule is any measure. As you may know, I am a long-time member of the Music Center Blue Ribbon, which supports The Music Center’s resident companies and its arts education and community programs.

The biggest event on our calendar is the Winter Soiree, on Thursday, December 7, 2017. This will be a world premiere performance of the all-new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet. The Music Center co-commissioned new sets and costumes by Cuban-American artistic fashion and design power couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and is partnering with the Colburn School, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! program to include local children from a broad spectrum of backgrounds in the performance. (more…)

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