Sunday, March 25, 2012

'Hunger Games': strongest opening weekend total for a spring release,

“The Hunger Games” hit the box-office bull’s-eye over the weekend, taking in a record $155 million in North America and setting up what promises to be one of the biggest film franchises of this decade.

Tiger wins for the first time in two and a half years

Tiger Woods emphatically ended a 30-month stretch without PGA Tour victory by dominating the field in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Men New Season Tonight! ...From Paris

Lavender Is Popular For Planets And Interior Designers ...From Paris

Lavender And Acrylic Remixed ...From Paris

In my opinion, this room featured in Elle magazine represents the current focus for interior design, mixing styles and incorporating lavender.  No.  You wouldn't want to replicate this room exactly (there's too much lavender-the walls should be cream).  The drapes should be a geometric pattern of cream, lavender and mocha. I love the tufted mid century style chairs with the acrylic table.  The rug should be an 19th century aubusson.     

NASA's Kepler mission discovers more planets

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number of stars known to have more than one planet that transits, or passes in front of, the star. Such systems will help astronomers better understand how planets form.

The planets orbit close to their host stars and range in size from 1.5 times the radius of Earth to larger than Jupiter. Fifteen are between Earth and Neptune in size. Further observations will be required to determine which are rocky like Earth and which have thick gaseous atmospheres like Neptune. The planets orbit their host star once every six to 143 days. All are closer to their host star than Venus is to our sun.

"Prior to the Kepler mission, we knew of perhaps 500 exoplanets across the whole sky," said Doug Hudgins, Kepler program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Now, in just two years staring at a patch of sky not much bigger than your fist, Kepler has discovered more than 60 planets and more than 2,300 planet candidates. This tells us that our galaxy is positively loaded with planets of all sizes and orbits."

The Beautiful Art Of Domenico Gnoli ...From Paris

The Tin Man Gets A Heart? ...From Paris

Dick Cheney gets a heart transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, 71, had a heart transplant Saturday and was recovering at a Virginia hospital.

Cheney, who suffered five heart attacks over the years and was in end-stage heart failure, had been waiting for a transplant for more than 20 months, an aide said.