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Politics, Science, Art, Web, Business: a curation of 2013 events (and 2012, and 2011)
Curated by Marc Rougier
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Jan 2011: The Arab Spring

Jan 2011: The Arab Spring | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

On January 4, Mohamed Bouazizi died. He set himself on fire in Dec. 2010. "His act became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring".


Still a long way to go for peace, freedom and democracy, but this heralded a bad year for tyrants: goodbye Ben Ali, Mubarak, Gaddafi, Bin Laden, Kim Jong Il.

Marc Rougier's insight:

Still a long way to go for peace, freedom and democracy, but this heralded a bad year for tyrants: goodbye Ben Ali, Mubarak, Gaddafi, Bin Laden, Kim Jong Il.

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Mar 2011: Japan Tragedy

Mar 2011: Japan Tragedy | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

March 2011 will be remembered for the tsunami in Japan and its nuclear aftermath. Terrible short term impact for the Japanese people (20,000 victims). Very impressive: watch the pace of recovery (found in Japan News). Longer term speculations about nuclear energy sustainability all over the world... what's new on solar energy?


Coincidence: Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found! A 2500 year old myth.

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May 2011: LinkedIn IPO

May 2011: LinkedIn IPO | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

LinkedIn raised $350m and its valuation doubled the first day of listing to nearly $9 BillionsGroupon IPO was even bigger in October. 2011 ended up as the biggest year for Internet IPO since 2004 and Google (infography). Booming or Bubbling?


Other major news of May: President Barak Obama announces the death of Osama Bin Laden. The war on terror cost more than WWII, said some. $4 Trillions.

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Jul 2011: Deathly Hallows

Marc Rougier's insight:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, huge success: best opening week-end of any movie, third grossing movie (more than $1 Billion!) of all time (Avatar still #1).

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Sep 2011: Occupy Wall Street

Sep 2011: Occupy Wall Street | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Ephemeral turmoil or profound revolution? 2011 was a year of serious challenges and legitimate questioning, at least. OWS is now in Moscow.


In September, Las Vegas also hosted the biggest live music event in radio history. Jay-Z, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, David Guetta and more... an impressive show to promote iHeartRadio, facing tough competition from leader Pandora, which made a huge IPO earlier this year.

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Nov 2011: Time to think about Time

Nov 2011: Time to think about Time | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

11/11/11 --- 11:11:11

A once in a life time clock display :) Let's think about time.

Marc Rougier's insight:

An interesting artwork: 24x60 clips curated from many movies into a 24h video clock, by Christian Marclay.


Here is a brief version of "A brief history of time" by Stephen W. Hawking.


And time inspires speed. November was also the Milan Motorbike Show where the Ducati Panigale was acclaimed as most beautiful bike. Difficult to resist. Hhmm I'm weak...


Oh! And we launched Scoop.it Business in November. The super brief history of Scoop.it in three videos:

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Feb 2011: 140 Chars = $10 Billions

Feb 2011: 140 Chars = $10 Billions | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc and Facebook Inc, plus others, have held low level takeover talks with Twitter that give the Internet sensation a value as high as $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported."

Marc Rougier's insight:

No deal so far. But clearly a milestones for the Social Web. Shanghai Web Designers had this great infographic "What's happening on the web in 60 sec". E.g.: 694,445 queries on Google, 695,000 status updates on Facebook, 98,000 tweets.

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Apr 2011: Indian Wins World Cup

Marc Rougier's insight:

I don't get cricket. But a sport which is the ancestor of baseball and which new master is a country four times more populated than the US (and growing to soon surpass China) should deserve our attention ;-) Congrats India!


Also in April, U2 broke the Rolling Stone's record for highest-grossing tour ever ($700m). Who's seen it?

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Jun 2011: Most Expensive Musical Instrument

"The nonprofit Nippon Foundation has sold a renowned Stradivarius violin for $16 million at a London auction to raise money for tsunami disaster".

Marc Rougier's insight:

Amazing record and beautiful cause.


The Lady Blunt was crafted in 1721 by Antonio Stradivarius and is surprisingly well preserved. Stradivarius' art is still a mystery. Read, watch and listen more about violins of all kinds.

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Aug 2011: USA loses AAA

Aug 2011: USA loses AAA | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"An unprecedented blow to the world's largest economy in the wake of a political battle" and a sign of major trouble in the world finance. Europe was next, and it's not over.


Marc Rougier's insight:

Irony? Same month, a diamond planet is discovered! More good news from the stars.


Ok, it's summer time. Let's relax and forget the bad news. Everybody should have watched these two wonderful time lapse videos (1 & 2). Full screen, breath, and travel. Life is good :)

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Oct 2011: Steve Jobs, A Master Thinker

Oct 2011: Steve Jobs, A Master Thinker | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Many of us have been impacted by his death. Some believe the media made to much noise about the death of a business man while true heroes are struggling around the world – with no air time. True. Nevertheless, Steve Jobs was unique and inspirational. A tribute.

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Dec 2011: Nobel Prize for Peace

Dec 2011: Nobel Prize for Peace | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"Africa's first elected female head of state, a Liberian peace activist, and a human rights activist from Yemen are the three female winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize."

Marc Rougier's insight:

Beautiful ending for 2011.


And a last message of hope - or dream -, Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the habitable zone.

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