10 stories to read this weekend - April 18, 2014
Did a lot of catching up in the last two days to put up this list. Hope you find this week’s picks interesting.
- Evaporated in Syria, the World’s Most Dangerous Place for Journalists: More than 60 have been killed there since the war began, and many others have been kidnapped, becoming pawns in the conflict. The author picks up the trail of two colleagues, Austin Tice and Jim Foley, who vanished in 2012.
- Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers: The shocking saga of Major League Baseball’s most controversial player.
- Segregation Now: Investigating resegregation and racial divide in America’s schools.
- The spooky world of the ‘numbers stations’: This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.
- The crashes that changed plane designs forever: The tragedies that were part of a long and fraught process that has helped make flying as safe as it is today.
- Why solitary confinement degrades us all: We know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims — but what does it do to the rest of us?
- Emerging adults need time to grow up: Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life’?
- First Look at the Microbes of Modern Hunter-Gatherers: Stephanie Schnorr from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and a team of international scientists have, for the first time, published the microbiomes of modern hunter-gatherers—27 Hadza people from Tanzania.
- The World’s Unlikeliest Record-Breaker: Three years ago he was a cigar-smoking alcoholic with out-of-control diabetes who had never jogged a mile in his life. This fall, Doug Masiuk ran across the United States.
- Grit and Glory at 14,000 Feet: High in the Colorado Rockies, where a summer day can turn instantly into treacherous winter, thrill-seeking athletes push themselves to the limit and beyond.
Have a great weekend!
Kurt Vonnegut's 1999 commencement address
Best thing i’ve read all day.
Feeding 9 Billion | National Geographic
Where will we find enough food for 9 billion people? This gorgeous National Geographic interactive will tell you exactly that.
Anonymous asked: What should someone do if s/he is bad in his/her interests, but is good in stuff s/he dislikes?
I am of the personal opinion that one should always be moving toward a place of happiness and personal fulfillment. With that being said, I would rather do something I love and struggle at it than be miserable doing something I am good at. We spend our lives saying things like “after this I can finally…”, “one day I’ll …” or “my life will be better when …”
Instead of saying these things we should be making changes to be in a state of happiness and fulfillment now. Why wait to be happy or to be doing something you like when you can start moving directly to it now?
So I guess my advice would be to do something that you like even if you aren’t the best at it. I wish you the best in what ever choice you make! Thanks for the ask
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
What is a gini coefficient? - Everything you need to know about income inequality - Vox
Random fact of the day: The gini coefficient is the most widely used single-summary number for judging the level of inequality in a particular country or region.
10 Stories to read this weekend - April 12, 2014
My recommendations for this week:
- How do soldiers live with their guilt?: When soldiers kill in war, the secret shame and guilt they bring back home can destroy them.
- The Crossroads of Should and Must: This is a story about two roads — Should and Must. It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — months, years, maybe a lifetime — and feels like it’s about time they gave Must a shot.
- Reading is different online than off, experts say: Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming according to new research.
- ‘I have lived underwater’: Living underwater is seen by some as a futuristic utopia, but what’s it actually like? Rose Eveleth asks a man who eats, works and sleeps on the sea floor – the latest in her new series about the people who have already experienced the future.
- A metal so light it floats on oil: Lithium, a key ingredient in lightweight batteries, is already powering the modern world, and could be key to getting the world to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
- Scientists are getting closer to a quantum computer — here’s why it matters: Building a practical Quantum Computer is next great frontier but Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?
- The most trafficked creature you’ve never heard of: CNN reporter went undercover in Southeast Asia to learn why a bizarre, scale-covered mammal — which has been called a walking pinecone and a modern-day dinosaur — is trafficked by the ton. It could go extinct before most people realize it exists.
- Genetic inheritance: How much do you want to know?: Scientist Sharon Moalem says we will soon be able to alter our children’s lives with genetic manipulation – would you do it if you could?
- The Mental Life of Plants and Worms, Among Others: It is fascinating to think of Darwin, Romanes, and other biologists of their time searching for “mind,” “mental processes,” “intelligence,” even “consciousness” in primitive animals like jellyfish, and even in protozoa.
- What the Tamiflu saga tells us about drug trials and big pharma: We now know the UK government’s Tamiflu stockpile wouldn’t have done us much good in the event of a flu epidemic. But the secrecy surrounding clinical trials means there’s a lot we don’t know about other medicines we take.
Have a great weekend!
69 Interesting Facts about the Human Brain
Random fact of the day: The human brain consists of 60% fat, making it one of the fattiest organs in the body.
Random fact of the day - Apr 11, 2014
Ammonia was named after the Egyptian god Amon. It was called so by the Romans because they first discovered it near a temple dedicated to the said god.
You can read more such random facts in the archive.
First color 3-D film opens — History.com This Day in History — 4/10/1953
Random fact of the day: On this day in 1953, the horror film The House of Wax, starring Vincent Price, opens at New York’s Paramount Theater.
You can read more such random facts in the archive.
Want to know which elementary particle best describes you? Well this interactive quiz will show you based on your input.
P.S. W plus, Z, and Gluons describe me the best according to this interactive.
A Diagram of Current Space Missions
This diagram shows the currently active space missions around our solar system. It shows satellites in orbit around various planets as well as the rovers that have landed on Mars. The Pioneer 10 & 11 space craft do not fit on this diagram because they are now so far away. However, the Voyager 1 space craft is the farthest and is currently passing through the edge of our solar system.
This diagram has been updated for April 2014. To see previous diagrams click the link here: (previous diagrams)
Credit: Olaf Frohn / The Planetary Society
WOW! that is quite impressive.
There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Ep 2: Some of the Things that Molecules Do)
(Source: ckerouac, via infinity-imagined)