My daily readings 03/25/2010

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    • Neptune’s own existence was a puzzle until recently. The dusty cloud that gave birth to the planets probably thinned out further from the sun. With building material so scarce, it is hard to understand how Uranus and Neptune, the two outermost planets, managed to get so big.
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    • By now, most of us have heard the story of how Google got its name. But Google isn’t the only company out there with an odd name. And it certainly isn’t the only name with an interesting story. Here is the list of stories behind the naming of popular tech companies.
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    • “I’m not really comfortable performing onstage in front of a lot of people, and it’s also much harder to have an intimate experience with a lot of people” when playing live, said the on-the-fly ivory-tickler in an exclusive video interview with Mashable (embedded above). “If you’re in front of a crowd, you can’t so much pick one person and take their experience and make it part of the music.”
    • Check out the rest of Mashable’s 15-minute interview with Merton, or watch a scrubbed version of his viral video below. (The original video was pulled from YouTube Monday after being viewed millions of times.)
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    • Both Warren Buffett and “Today” show host Meredith Vieira say that while being rejected by the school of their dreams was devastating, it launched them on a path to meeting life-changing mentors. Harold Varmus, winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine, says getting rejected twice by Harvard Medical School, where a dean advised him to enlist in the military, was soon forgotten as he plunged into his studies at Columbia University’s med school. For other college rejects, from Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy and entrepreneur Ted Turner to broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw, the turndowns were minor footnotes, just ones they still remember and will talk about.

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