To view: Photos from inside and outside the Global Seed Vault, located on a remote Norwegian island.
To watch: Protesters attempt to thwart police efforts to dismantle an Occupy Melbourne camp by wearing their tents as costumes.
To know: Officials say at least fifty-eight people are dead following explosions in the Afghan cities of Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif. Within hours of a grand bargain struck by Germany and France, Standard & Poor’s warned that fifteen euro-zone nations could see their credit ratings downgraded. And income inequality among American workers is up twenty-five per cent since 1980, according to a report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
To read: In Foreign Policy, Joshua E. Keating examines ten overlooked stories and trends from 2011. (Read The New Yorker’s end-of-year lists, with more to come.)
To count: Following yesterday’s discovery of an Earth-like planet, Space.com posted an infographic explaining the numerous types of alien worlds. (via Mashable).
To debate: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry have called on President Obama to fire the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, after he drew a connection between anti-Semitism in Europe and Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
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