10 stories to read this weekend - Edition 34 - August 29, 2014
“The importance of reading, for me, is that it allows you to dream. Reading not only educates, but is relaxing and allows you to feed your imagination - creating beautiful pictures from carefully chosen words.” ― Eric Ripert.
Welcome to “10 stories to read this weekend,” a weekly feature that links to some interesting stories.
- Welcome to Extremistan: The threat and promise of the fracturing of the Middle East.
- Kobe Bryant’s Twilight Saga: Sports Illustrated’s long and fascinating profile of Kobe Bryant, my favourite basketball player of all time. For even the most competitive athlete, the transition game is never easy. So what drives Kobe Bryant at age 36, as he comes off serious injury and prepares for his 19th NBA season—and all that lies beyond?
- SeaWorld’s Most Rewarding and Traumatic Job: The hours are long, and the work can be dangerous. But animal care workers, the unsung heroes devoted to the health of mammals at SeaWorld and other marine parks, have unrivaled access to the animals—and the challenges of captivity. Here, three former employees go on the record about their experiences.
- The Aftershocks: Seven of Italy’s top scientists were convicted of manslaughter following a catastrophic L’Aquila quake in 2009. Has the country criminalized science?
- Fukushima Disaster: Inside The World’s Most Dangerous Room: Three years after the tsunami hit, the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima is barely contained. “So much radiation still pulses inside the crippled reactor cores that no one has been able to get close enough to survey the full extent of the destruction.” What lessons has Japan learned? Not enough. “No one has gone to jail, and no one wants to take responsibility. Everyone still wants to look the other way.
- Meet the Real Victims of Climate Change: How “Titanic” is helping a South Pacific tribe understand why their island is disappearing.
- The Boy with Half a Brain: (via LongReads.com) Zionsville’s Jeff and Tiernae Buttars surrendered their son William to the most radical procedure in neurosurgery. The grim choice to remove a portion of his brain left everyone changed.
- The man who grew eyes: Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. Moheb Costandi met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cells.
- What Happened to Motorola: How a culture shift nearly doomed an iconic company that once dominated the telecom industry.
- How a Chinese National Gained Access to Arizona’s Terror Center: The un-vetted computer engineer plugged into law enforcement networks and a database of 5 million Arizona drivers in a possible breach that was kept secret for years.
Have a great weekend!
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“If all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.”
Jonas Salk, Biologist (via aurelle)
The latter scenario is more appealing to be honest.
“I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.”