Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Nuns meet in St. Louis
  • Fixing the Bible
  • 5 negotiating concerns
  • Online life hacked
  • Fire destroys mosque
  • Eero Saarinen’s in-house photog

U.S. nuns meet to discuss Vatican criticism, their affiliation with Rome Washington Post, Under God blog: Catholic eyes are on St. Louis as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has its annual meeting -- the first since the Vatican issued a critical report. America: Reality CheckPew Forum: Catholics’ Views on U.S. Nuns

Israeli scholar completes mission to 'fix' For the past 30 years, Israeli Judaic scholar Menachem Cohen has been on a mission of biblical proportions: Correcting all known textual errors in Jewish Scripture to produce a truly definitive edition of the Old Testament.

The five core concerns of negotiationBig Think: Five core emotional concerns are as important as any facts or figures when negotiating, says Daniel Shapiro, director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program.

A persistent hacker and the destruction of an online life ABC News: Hackers took over the online life of Mat Honan, a senior writer at Wired. They cleaned out his entire Google account and Gmail inbox. His iPhone, iPad and MacBook were completely wiped. He has lost years of files and, more important, photos of his daughter. Scientific American: How the iCloud hack happened and how to avoid being next

Mosque destroyed in second fire in monthCNN Belief blog: A mosque in Joplin, Mo., was burned to the ground this week, just over a month after an attempted arson at the Islamic center. Authorities are investigating the cause of the latest fire.

The Spark

A stunning survey of pics by Eero Saarinen’s in-house photogIn 1954, a young Hungarian named Balthazar Korab went to work with architect Eero Saarinen in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. As his then-colleague, Cesar Pelli, describes him: “[He] was a small sensation: he had a fur-trimmed coat, a homburg, and a Van Dyke beard.” But even though Korab did substantive design work in Saarinen’s studio, he was quickly tapped as the in-house photographer, creating pictures that became indelible symbols of the Mad Men” age of Modernism.