Apple’s brand value increased a whopping 129 percent to $76.58 billion, the most for any company on the list, pushing it six spots up from eight last year to second place this year. Who was number one? Coca-Cola took gold, of course, with a brand value of $77.84 billion. Microsoft’s brand meanwhile fell 2 percent to $57.85 billion, causing it to drop from third place to fifth. This let Google surpass its rival for the first time, as the search giant saw its brand grow 26 percent to $69.73 billion, by maintaining its fourth place spot. IBM was third with a brand value of $75.53 billion.
This is absolutely stunning. But it shouldn’t be. That should look old and not too special. If NASA was funded today like it was 50 years ago… we would have already had a second generation space shuttle and men on Mars. But no, we are too busy fighting over gay marriage, abortion, and a whole lot of other bullshit while the things that actually move humanity forward remain our least concern.
Scientists have long believed that the ability to learn and appreciate music was stored in a different part of the brain than other types of memories. Now, researchers in Berlin think that they have concluded that theory. Dr. Christoph J. Ploner, Carson Finke, and Nazli Esfahani at the Department of Neurology at the Virchow campus in Berlin, Germany have examined a man who has lost all of his memories but has retained his ability to remember and learn songs.