Weekend Mashup | December 6, 2013

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Gone Too Soon: Actor Paul Walker of  “Varsity Blues” and most famously the “Fast and the Furious”franchise passed away tragically this past weekend in a car accident outside of Los Angeles. Walker had been attending a charity event benefiting the victims of last month’s typhoon in the Philippines when he and a friend left the event briefly to test-drive a Porsche sports car. The driver of the vehicle and Walker were both killed upon an alleged high-speed impact of a telephone pole. Fans continue to remember him through social media as an approachable, kind-hearted celebrity.

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a Delivery Drone? On Sunday night’s episode of 60 Minutes, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the online giant’s next big venture in the works to reporter Charlie Rose: Half-hour delivery by Amazon via small, autonomous flying drones. Bezos’ “octocopters” would be able to transport objects up to five pounds – effectively covering about 86% of Amazon’s in-stock items – up to 30 minutes away. Sound like something out Orwell’s 1984? “I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not,” claims the brazen CEO.

Record-Breaking Deals: Monday marked the fourth straight year for “Cyber Monday,” the online shopping community’s retort to Black Friday – and sales were through the roof… digital speaking. Internet shopping on Monday, December 2, 2013 rose to nearly $2 billion, making it the largest web-shopping day in history, up 20% from 2012’s Cyber Monday. Wallet-friendly discounts, free shipping, and ease of payment will continue to lure shoppers throughout the impending holidays.

Celestial Seeds: NASA announced they’ll be sending seeds from Earthly plants to the moon in 2015 to test whether it could eventually support human life. The seedlings will be hitching a ride on one of the commercial spacecrafts competing for the Google Lunar X-Prize. NASA will create a “small technology demonstration unit” to study the effects of gravity and radiation on the plants’ sensitive germination processes.

Safeguarded Spirits? German brewers announced they are seeking to have their treasured ales protected by UNESCO – the same agency who has safeguarded some of the world’s historical monuments like the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon and the Egyptian Pyramids. The beer makers have applied for their recently passed “beer purity law” (allowing only four ingredients to be used during brewing) to be on UNESCO’s “intangible cultural heritage list,” which recognizes practices which require “urgent measures to keep them alive.”

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