Wednesday, September 18, 2013

All Around the Web - September 18, 2013

9Marks - Leadership Interview with Russell Moore | I really enjoyed this interview between Mark Dever and Russell Moore. Embedding not available.

Mark Dever and Russell Moore discuss Moore’s new role, rap, relevance, and why “it’s even worse than it appears, but it’s alright.”


Real Clear Politics - Full Interview: President Obama Talks Syria, Economy On "This Week"




Biblemesh - “Lord of the Rings” Actor Narrates New Overview Videos for The Biblical Story




ABC Australia - Down syndrome reversed in newborn mice with single injection

US researchers have found a way to reverse Down syndrome in newborn lab mice by injecting an experimental compound that causes the brain to grow normally.

The study, published in the Science Translational Medicine journal, offers no direct link to a treatment for humans but scientists are hopeful it may offer a path towards future breakthroughs.

There is no cure for Down syndrome, which is caused by the presence of an additional chromosome and results in intellectual disabilities, distinctive facial features and other health problems
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Christianity Today - Can NoiseTrade's Free Downloads Still Save Music?

In the spring of 2006, singer/songwriter Derek Webb was just wrapping up the promotion cycle for his third record, Mockingbird, but he wasn't ready to move on. The album sold similarly to his first two releases, but this time around, the former Caedmon's Call lead singer had hoped the record would be heard by more than his usual fan base. However, his record label, Sony Columbia, had spent the marketing budget for the record and didn't plan to spend any more.

"They said, 'If you guys could come up with something to push the record further without any additional spending, then we are all ears.' I think they thought that was the end of the conversation, but my manager and I took that pretty seriously," said Webb. "We somehow convinced Sony Columbia to let us take the current record sitting on the shelves and give it away for free for three months."


 The experiment was to give away digital copies of Mockingbird in exchange for e-mail addresses and zip codes—and for people to share it through email with five friends. The sharing requirement caused the e-mail to be viral from the very first download, though it's something that Webb admits wouldn't work today since music is now easy to stream or download illegally in an instant without having a sharing requirement. This free music experiment was done over a year before Radiohead, Prince, and Nine Inch Nails did pay-what-you-want or free music releases, which all saw much more media attention than Webb's.


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