Nike Appoints Apple CEO Tim Cook as Lead Independent Director

timcookNike today announced some changes to its board of directors, which will see Apple CEO Tim Cook serving as lead independent director going forward. Cook has been a member of Nike’s board since 2005, serving as chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.

Nike Chairman Phil Knight has also retired from the board of directors and is being replaced by Mark Parker, who has served as Nike’s president and CEO since 2006, in a transition that was first announced a year ago.

In addition to serving on Nike’s board of directors, Apple CEO Tim Cook also serves on the board of directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, a role he was appointed to earlier this year.

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Apple Music and NASA Team Up on Short Film and Exclusive Songs Celebrating Juno Mission

Apple and NASA have collaborated on a short musical film [Direct iTunes Link] called “Visions of Harmony,” which is designed to celebrate NASA’s Juno spacecraft reaching Jupiter’s orbit. First launched in 2011, Juno is expected to enter Jupiter’s orbit on the evening of July 4, giving us our closest ever look at the gas giant and the secrets hidden beneath its dense cloud cover.

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Artist’s rendering of Juno in Jupiter’s orbit, image via NASA


According to the new “Destination: Jupiter” section of Apple Music, Apple has collaborated with NASA and the Juno team to offer “education and inspiration throughout the historic journey.”

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“Visions of Harmony” celebrates the link between exploring space and making music, featuring songs from artists like Weezer and Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple exec Trent Reznor. Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross created a song inspired by sounds emitted by Jupiter, which features actual recordings from the planet, while Weezer wrote a single called “I Love the USA.”

Other music featured on Apple’s Destination: Jupiter page comes from artists like Corinne Bailey Rae, Quin, Brad Paisley, Zoé, Jim James, and GZA the Genius.

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Israeli girl stabbed to death by Palestinian inside bedroom

A 13-year-old Israeli girl is stabbed to death by a Palestinian inside her bedroom at a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Pea plants demonstrate ability to ‘gamble’ — a first in plants

An international team of scientists from Oxford University, UK, and Tel-Hai College, Israel, has shown that pea plants can demonstrate sensitivity to risk – namely, that they can make adaptive choices that take into account environmental variance, an ability previously unknown outside the animal kingdom.

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In times of great famine, microalgae digest themselves

Bremerhaven/Germany, June 30th, 2016. In a recent study, scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have determined the molecular mechanisms which microalgae apply in order to switch from rapid cell division to growth-arrest during times of acute nutrient deficiency. In laboratory experiments, the scientists have been able to observe that calcifying microalgae in a state of nutrient deficiency initially tweak their metabolism to be more economic and efficient before, out of necessity, they even partially digest themselves. The molecular switches for these basic functions of cells are strikingly similar in all living things. Apparently, it is these switches, which, when malfunctioning in humans, cause cells to lose control of their division activity and potentially become cancer cells. The new findings are being published online this week in the journal Frontiers of Marine Science.

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