Mornings are always better when the mind feels a little more nimble, expansive, and alert. Plus: espresso.
1. Apple TV is 10 years old. "The truth is that dents in the universe are only observable after they have occurred."
2. Thomas Pikkety on France and Germany versus the US: "The social, educational and economic model constructed in France and Germany is more satisfactory."
3. Tyler Cowen interviews Jhumpa Lahiri. The more personal she gets, or focuses on Italian literature and her life in Italy, the better the conversation goes.
Even before I learned Italian, I grew up with two languages side by side. And maybe I didn’t know them with the same level of proficiency, but they were both incredibly strong influences on who I was. So I always was divided in that sense.
4. Detroit got 65,000 new streetlights. The psychological impact is significant.
5. A judge ruled that being called "really dumb" by the president-elect doesn't veer into defamation, saying that Trump's tweets are opinions, not facts.
6. Obama name-checked "democracy" 20 times in his farewell speech, more than the last 15 presidents combined. The second highest was Wilson.
7. A cardboard centrifuge can separate blood cells from plasma. Here's video of how it works.
8. A guy spent the summer achieving YouTube fame (but not much cash) jumping off things in Southern California. Then he broke his feet.
9. With its man in the White House (see also: summary of the debate around Buzzfeed's overnight publication), Russia sets its sights on Merkel.
10. A giant ice circle appeared in a river near Seattle. Also: Here are how some silent film special effects were achieved.