Sure, tools like Facebook, Twitter and Google provide a wonderful sense of what's happening this instant, anywhere around the world. But they're also being used to unlock mysteries that have existed since the end of World War II.
Millions of children were displaced or separated from their families during the Second World War. Many would never be reunited, and many had no family left.
For all the fanfare around personalized medicine, the idea has been fairly slow to take off.
Boosters have said if doctors had a patient's DNA information it would be revolutionary: They could look for genetic risk of certain diseases or mutations that determine whether certain drugs are likely to work or not.
With the Internet giving underground MCs a louder voice, struggling in the rap industry seems like a song worth singing. Mississippi's Big K.R.I.T. has touched on the topic before, but the idea of making it big consumes him more than ever on his latest mixtape, Returnof4eva (available for free download on his website). After all, K.R.I.T. recently signed with Def Jam Recordings, which puts him in an interesting spot in "Dreamin'." The song isn't looking at life at the bottom — instead, it takes a sentimental look at the story so far.
Take the creators of South Park and the composer of Avenue Q. Add solid musical storytelling, Mormons, Uganda, AIDS, a chorus line and a healthy amount of smut — and you have The Book of Mormon, Broadway's blasphemous, hilarious and oddly endearing new hit.