Understanding Ebola: A Visual Guide -
A graphical explanation of the outbreak to date. The information presented in this guide is concise and in plain language. There’s no sensationalism here, just facts.
The environmental impact of oysters, in one photo
The water in both tanks came from the same source. The one on the right has bivalves. Not only do oysters naturally filter the waters in which they live, they can even protect humans from destructive hurricanes. For more, read about New York’s efforts to bring back oyster populations in the once-toxic Hudson River.
Delicious AND helpful. Who knew?
(photo via Steve Vilnit on Twitter)
I don’t know about delicious (since i’m a vegetarian) but they do a much better job of maintaining an ecosystem than us human beings.
My mom used to think I was crazy when I snatch the remote and turn it down from 26 to 25.
I’m one of those people. The same goes for Brightness and Contrast levels.
(Source: ultrafacts, via howstuffworks)
“Reading is not simply an intellectual pursuit but an emotional and spiritual one. It lights the candle in the hurricane lamp of self; that’s why it survives.” ― Anna Quindlen.
Welcome to “10 stories to read this weekend,” a weekly feature that links to some interesting stories.
The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons
When American and Iraqi soldiers were exposed to leftover chemical munitions from Saddam Hussein’s war against Iran, the Pentagon kept silent.
My Night With Afghanistan’s Only Female Warlord, Commander Pigeon
This year, an Australian security consulting firm conducted a survey on inspirational Afghan women, and their research led them to Commander Pigeon. Everybody in Kabul knew about Commander Pigeon, but no one agreed on a narrative.
Jonathan Powell: How to talk to terrorists
Terrorism can never be defeated by military means alone. But how do you go about negotiating with people who have blood on their hands? Britain’s chief broker of the Northern Ireland peace deal explains how it can – and must – be done (for a start, always shake hands).
Stephen Kotkin’s new biography of Stalin goes a long way towards explaining how a poor boy from a Georgian hill town came to rule half of Europe. Kotkin overturns Trotsky’s version of Stalin as a man of “bureaucratic manipulation and brute violence”. He shows Stalin as “a rational and extremely intelligent man, bolstered by an ideology sufficiently powerful to justify the deaths of many millions of people”.
What Scientists Really Do
How could the public be better educated about the nature of scientific inquiry? Three recent books, read together, point us in a new direction. These books lay bare the provisionality of science and may, paradoxically, actually help us find a way to address rampant denialism. Rather than focus single-mindedly on the technical aspects of science or the need to improve basic skills, they focus our attention on the psychology of science—the drives that inspire us to inquire into nature, and the limits that our minds necessarily impose on our knowledge.
Top Ten Unsung Geniuses
For these scientists, success and fame did not come in equal measure.
The Moral Dilemma We Face in the Age of Humans
Humans are proficient problem solvers—but so far that trait has come at a cost. Can our species remain resiliant without destroying the world?
How human noise affects the ocean
Human industry is now noisy enough to drown out whale songs. What would happen in the ocean if we went quiet?
The fatal attraction of lead
For millennia lead has held a deep attraction for painters, builders, chemists and winemakers - but it’s done untold harm, especially to children. And while it’s no longer found in petrol, you’ve still got several kilograms of it in your car.
This Is What Developing Acute Schizophrenia Feels Like
My biggest piece of advice to anyone who starts to experience any psychological symptoms they’re not used to is to tell someone. Anyone. Make it a conversation rather than something you carry around yourself. Mental illness is no different from physical illness—it just involves a different organ: the brain.
Thanks for reading this week’s edition.
Note: “10 stories to read this weekend” is a marquee feature of this blog. New editions are published every friday at 22:00 IST / 16:30 GMT.
What the World Eats | National Geographic -
This Nat Geo interactive shows how diet varies from one part of the world to another.
OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review -
John Siracusa’s review of OS X Yosemite just went live. I’m more excited about what Mr. Siracusa has to say about OS X Yosemite than the OS Itself.
Links to Apple’s new products and press releases | Apple Spotlight -
For those who couldn’t keep up with today’s Apple Event.
The First Spacewalk: Moments from disaster -
How Alexie Leonov, the first human to Spacewalk nearly lost his life while trying to do so and create history. This gripping BBC News Magazine story is a mix of text, audio, and video. As usual the Soviets did their best to hide the unsavoury bits of mission.