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Michelangelo’s Tuscan Villa Is for Sale for $9.27 Million  Once owned by Michelangelo—yes, the Renaissance master Michelangelo—this stone villa is a historic treasure, with details dating from the 11th century. Michelangelo purchased the classic Tuscan farmhouse in 1549, and the property remained in the Buonarroti family until 1867.  - Architectural Digest

Monstrous Black Holes Are Outgrowing The Galaxies They Inhabit  These celestial phenomena are so hungry for matter that they are actually outgrowing the star formations that surround them. The image is evidence of a blackhole swallowing immense amounts of hot gas from the galaxy surrounding it, a process that was then illustrated by an artist’s rendition.  - Inverse

America's Vincent Zhou Makes History By Landing a Quadruple Lutz at the Olympics  First-time American Olympian Vincent Zhou became the first figure skater to land a quad lutz in any Olympic Games when he nailed the jump at the opening of his short program. The 17-year-old was one of three skaters set to try the quad lutz in their short program, according to the Associated Press. It is considered one of the most difficult jumps that skaters currently perform at the Olympics.  - Time

China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in bid to fight pollution  The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city. It comes as part of China's plan to plant at least 84,000 square kilometres (32,400 square miles) of trees by the end of the year, which is roughly equivalent to the size of Ireland.  - Independent

Trader Charged With Stealing $2 Million in Cryptocurrencies  A Chicago trader working for Consolidated Trading LLC faces charges he stole $2 million in cryptocurrencies from his firm to cover his losses and then lied about it to cover gambling debts. Joseph Kim, 24, was charged with one count of wire fraud on Thursday in the first criminal prosecution involving the cryptocurrency trading industry to be brought by John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for Chicago. Kim is scheduled to appear in federal court in Chicago on Friday.  - Bloomberg

Skier Lost in New York Has No Idea How He Ended Up in California  In a bizarre, mysterious turn of events, a Canadian firefighter who went missing during a New York ski trip last week was found wandering Sacramento, California, on Tuesday with no clear memory of how he got there. He was even wearing the same ski gear he had disappeared in, had a fresh haircut, $1000 in cash, and absolutely no idea what day it was.  - Vice

FDA Approves Blood Test That Can Detect Concussions  The FDA has approved a new blood test that can quickly detect concussions, which may in turn help reduce patients’ exposure to radiation from brain scans. The blood test can be administered within 12 hours of the injury, and results can be obtained within three to four hours.   - Smithsonian

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