Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Crunching, after a Google employee calculated the value of pi to a record 31.4 trillion decimal places. Emma Haruka Iwao spent four months and used 25 cloud virtual computers to achieve the feat.
Death metal, with the reassuring news from Australian neuroscientists that despite the fixation of such bands as Bloodbath and Eaten on cannibalism, decomposition, and violence, their music actually inspires positive feelings of “joy and empowerment” in listeners.
Near misses, after NASA revealed that a large meteor exploded in the atmosphere in December, releasing 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb. The explosion occurred over the remote Bering Sea, which is why no one noticed earlier.
Bad week for:
Snowflakes, after adamant Trump defender Rep. Devin Nunes filed a $250 million defamation lawsuit against Twitter and various users of the platform. Defendants include the user @DevinNunesMom, whom Nunes alleges is not his real mother, and @DevinCow, a cow who has declared Nunes “udder-ly worthless.”
Family feuds, after lawyer George Conway, husband of White House spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that President Trump is clearly “nuts” and included the diagnostic criteria for “narcissistic personality disorder.” Trump retaliated by calling Conway “a total loser” and “the husband from hell.”
Twentysomethings, after British neuroscientists said brain studies show that people don’t fully grow up until they’re in their 30s. The idea that adulthood begins at 18 or 21, said Peter Jones of Cambridge University, “looks increasingly absurd.”