Good morning, NewsFeeders, and welcome back to the office. We’ll give you a minute to get all settled, back to the daily grind. But look at the bright side, it’s only five more days till the weekend!
While you were sleeping (or partying) away the stresses of last week, NewsFeed was toiling away – and now we’re here to bring you the news that will keep you in the know this week.
Egyptian Protests Continue With No Sign of Letting Up: When you left us on Friday afternoon, Egyptians were flooding the streets to protest President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year reign. Well, not much has changed two days later. The government imposed a curfew from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night, but it was hardly enforced as the police kept hidden out of fear of violence – toward themselves.
Friday evening, Mubarak called for the resignation of his entire cabinet, except for himself. Saturday he announced the new Vice President, a position that hadn’t existed in years. The man who is now second-in-command is Omar Suleiman, a former Army general and intelligence chief.
In one of the most worrisome moments this weekend, the Egyptian Museum – which contains King Tut’s tomb – was raided. But fortunately for history, the looters proved they were human and got distracted by the gift shop. With the Egyptians spurred on by last week’s Tunisia protests, worry is beginning to spread around the Middle East and North Africa about future turmoil. (via TIME, CNN, BBC)
A Trio of Zuckerbergs on SNL: Of course, there is only one real Mark Zuckerberg, but the Facebook founder visited 30 Rock this weekend to face his doppelgangers. Jesse Eisenberg, who played Zuckerberg in Oscar-nominated The Social Network, was mid-monologue on Saturday Night Live when the real Zuck strutted onto the stage. And it was, in the words of the other fake Zuckerberg Andy Samberg, “awkward.” However short, it truly was a veritable trio of nerdiness. (via Techland)
Wellness for this Week – Meditation: A new study shows that meditation causes verifiable physical changes in the brain, aside from the psychological benefits. For those who often tuned out and focused inward, scientists saw increases in learning and memory. They also found meditators have less stress and anxiety – but you’ve heard this song already, right? While it’s hard to objectively test these emotional changes, the study proves interesting because of the visible changes on an fMRI. (via New York Times)
Piano on Miami Sandbar Inspires Copycat: A burned-out baby grand piano perched on a sandbar in the middle of Biscayne Bay inspired mystery and awe for the three days people knew about it – even though it had been sitting there for three weeks. Miami environmental authorities demanded it removed or the dumpers would face littering charges, but another aspiring artist decided to piggyback on the sandbar’s fame. On Friday a romantic table for two appeared, complete with a bottle of wine and a chef to take orders. Not surprisingly, this display was also quickly quashed. (via NewsFeed)
Viral Vid: Everybody loves dancing to Lady Gaga – even those who may be getting up in years. NewsFeed hopes this beer-bellied father figure doesn’t bust a hip with his excellent moves – because we want to see more of his poise on the dance floor.