Today's concoction of interesting, thought-provoking, and insightful articles and news stories from around the web:
- Celibate Life
In response to an article on BBC News about the feasibility of living a celibate life, readers from all around the world have submitted their own stories and experiences of, ‘celibacy, abstinence and otherwise living without sex’.
- Good News On Poverty
During a recent TED talk, Bono shared some hugely positive data indicating that - if momentum is maintained - the end of poverty really could be in sight.
- Sleep What You Eat
If you're someone who is struggling to sleep and, unlike me, can't blame it on young kids, it could be your diet that's to blame, according to the research published in the Appetite journal..
All things tech
- Samsung Galaxy S4
The much anticipated Galaxy S4 smartphone was announced yesterday at a special event. Danny Sullivan provides a nice, bullet point summary of what you need to know. + The Verge offers its take.
- Samsung's Misogyny
She's not one to be easily offended but, for Molly Wood, Samsung's Galaxy S4 launch yesterday went too far and was ‘shockingly sexist’.
- Bored With The King
John Gruber looks at something many tech writers have lost sight of in the Samsung vs Apple narrative: the facts. Turns out Apple aren't suddenly losing; the media are simply, ‘bored with the king and want to write a new coronation story’.
- Generational Jihad
Fraser Nelson says we don't need to fear the increasingly ageing population, arguing that the elderly don't burden the economy, evidenced in part by the doubling of pensioners choosing to work. + Daniel Knowles thinks otherwise.
- New School Sports Policy
The government is set to announce its new school sports policy tomorrow, with the support of the various sporting governing bodies. The exact amount of funding hasn't yet been disclosed.
- Syria: Two Years On
Shiraz Maher retells the story of how the Syrian revolution began and warns that, unless the humanitarian crisis is addressed, the horrific numbers of dead, displaced, and refugees, are only going to keep rising.
Faith and spirituality
- Jesuit Pope
If you've followed the enthronement of the new Pope at all, you'll have no doubt heard Pope Francis I is the first Jesuit Pope. Sam Jones offers some insights into who exactly are the Jesuits. + Caleb Bell says why a Jesuit Pope is a big deal.
- Not Radical Enough
Matthew Lee Anderson takes a look at the radical Christianity proposed by the likes of Shane Claiborne and Francis Chan, suggestion that, though a step in the right direction, it doesn't go far enough.
- ‘Personal Promise Bible’
The Bible. With your name all the way through it. Yep, it's as bad an idea as it sounds. Rachel Held Evans offers a healthy reminder that the Bible is written for us not me.