David Bowie Turned Down a Coldplay Collaboration, Saying "It's Not a Very Good Song" | News | Pitchfork

“In a new interview with NME, Coldplay’s Will Champion said the late David Bowie once turned down their request for a collaboration. The band had written a song with a multi-part harmony, and envisioned Bowie as one of the voices. When Chris Martin wrote Bowie a letter asking him to participate, the response was definitive: "It’s not a very good song, is it?”“
Carol Burnett on the State of Comedy TV: "I'm Kind of Bored of Producers Saying, 'It's Got to Be Edgy'" - Hollywood Reporter

“…we did a musical-comedy extravaganza every week with a 28-piece orchestra, 12 dancers and two guest stars a week, plus we had a studio audience. We’d do it in one hour and 15 minutes, and we’d be out in time to go have dinner. Also, the cost: You couldn’t do what we did today because the cost would be astronomical.”

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Ancient maps of Jupiter's path show Babylonians' advanced maths | New Scientist

Thanks to a clue from a 50-year old photograph, a historian has decoded a mysterious trapezoid described on ancient Babylonian astronomical tablets.

That previously unexplained description is a scheme to predict Jupiter’s place in the zodiac – and it shows that ancient Mesopotamian astronomers beat Europeans by at least 1500 years in grasping the ideas that led to integral calculus.
Reflections on the habitability of Earth

Managing these myriad calculations, the index gives the Earth, if observed from afar as we now observe faraway planets, about an 82 percent chance of being right for life.
But wait—only 82 percent?
Why wouldn’t the Earth—the single example of a life-hosting world in all our experience—score a perfect, 100 percent rating?
“Basically, where we lose some of the probability, or chance for life, is that we could be too close to the star,” Barnes said. “We actually are kind of close to the inner edge of the habitable zone. If we spotted Earth with our current techniques, we would reasonably conclude that it could be too hot for life.”