2.4.2019

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Patriots Wear Down Rams.
The New England Patriots won their sixth NFL Championship in team history, beating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time. All six of the team's Super Bowl wins have come during the Tom Brady era, which began 17 years ago against the then-St. Louis Rams. Brady, who threw for 262 yards and an interception (see box score), became the first player in NFL history to earn six championship rings. The Patriots defense stifled the high-flying Rams, holding star QB Jared Goff and the Ram's offense to 260 total yards - Los Angeles averaged over 420 yards and nearly 33 points per game during the regular season. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was awarded the most valuable player, hauling in 10 catches for 141 yards. 

Even the commercials were criticized for underperforming
Pope Francis Visits Arabian Peninsula.
Pope Francis began a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates over the weekend, with plans to hold an open-air mass for nearly 135,000 people on Tuesday while promoting interfaith dialogue. It is the first trip (paywall) to the Arabian Peninsula - the birthplace of Islam - by a Roman Catholic pontiff. Though the UAE is roughly 80% Muslim, the country is still home to over 1 million Catholics, mostly made up of migrants from Southeast Asia. The trip comes amid a brutal civil war in Yemen, in which the UAE supports a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed rebels. Over 17,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, which has led to widespread famine and disease (read more). 
Groundhog Day.
Onlookers were left in stunned silence on Saturday morning when the country's most famous marmot, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his burrow to declare that spring will come early this year. According to tradition, the groggy land-beaver is summoned by his motley, top-hatted crew to see whether he would spot his shadow (foretelling six more weeks of winter), or hang out a bit (predicting an early spring). These days Phil also picks one of two scrolls, which contain wintery prophecies. This year, the chunky whistle-pig brought good news for beleaguered northerners, bucking the recent arctic blast to declare a long-term thaw is en route. The ceremony - held at Gobbler's Knob, outside of Punxsutawney, PA - was the brainchild of a local newspaper editor in 1887 but has its roots in eastern European traditions that celebrate the midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox. 

Phil is right about 40% of the time - not great for making plans but pretty good for a groundhog who just wants to go back to sleep. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Skiing legend and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn announces retirement (More)
> Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage arrested by ICE, might be deported; he previously claimed to be from Atlanta but is actually a UK citizen who overstayed his visa (More)
> Bob Friend, 3-time MLB all-star pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates, dies at 88 (More)
Science & Technology.
> Measurements find a rapidly-decaying cavity two-thirds the size of Manhattan in Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica; estimates say nearly 14 billion tons of ice melted over the past three years (More)
> US appeals court hears case to stop the FCC from rolling back net neutrality (More) | What is net neutrality? (More)
> Study finds alligators swallow stones to increase dive time; will ingest an average of 2.5% body weight in rocks, increasing dive time by close to 90%, or 35 minutes (More)
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> US economy adds 304k jobs in January, exceeding a projection of 170k by economists; unemployment rate increases slightly to 4.0% (More)
> Big Oil has most profitable quarter ever, Chevron and ExxonMobil shares increase 3% on strong earnings (More)
> Vice Media announces reorganization, layoffs to affect 10% of staff (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's 1984 med school yearbook page found to contain photo of two costumed people in blackface and KKK robes (More) | Northam flip-flops on admission, dismisses calls to resign (More
> Spain, France, and Sweden join US and other Latin American countries in recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as country's president | Sitting president Nicolas Maduro remains in power (More)
> Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils budget allocating over $10B for farmers ahead of April general elections; sets aside over 2.6B to build roads in rural communities where nearly two-thirds of Indians live (More)
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Ranking the best Super Bowl halftime shows of the past 25 years
...also, here are the official cuteness rankings from last night's Puppy Bowl
...and finally, the science behind the Super Bowl ad that makes your brain tingle.  

An animated visualization of when and how many kids we have.
2018's most streamed shows in every state.
James Beard Foundation announces the finalists for the American Classics restaurant awards
Artist Rob Woodcox makes human bodies flip, spin, and defy gravity in new collection.
Facial recognition software reconstructs some of Europe's earliest inhabitants
A savage heat wave is causing snakes to flock into Australian toilets
Clickbait: A WWI hand grenade was found hiding among potatoes at a chip plant.
Historybook: George Washington elected first president of US (1789); HBD aviation innovator Charles Lindbergh (1902); HBD Rosa Parks (1913); RIP pianist and entertainer Liberace (1987); Facebook is founded (2004).
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