10 Stories to read this weekend - Jan 31, 2014
My recommendations for this week:
- The End of the Line - A Microbus Map of Demascus: Why is the Syrian regime embroiled in a brutal Civil War? This really interesting and heart-breaking piece by Matthew McNaught tells you why.
- Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence: How top-down attention, feedback loops, and daydreaming play into the science of success.
- What Drives Success?: Those who talk of America’s “decline” miss this crucial point. America has always been at its best when it has had to overcome adversity and prove its mettle on the world stage. For better and worse, it has that opportunity again today.
- Why Do Environmentalists Keep Getting Killed Around the World?: The brutal 2011 slayings of two local rainforest defenders in the Amazon underscore the risks of activism in Brazil and the rest of the world.
- This Is Danny Pearl’s Final Story: Asra Nomani spent a decade chasing Pearl’s killer, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Then she tracked him down in Guantanamo Bay.
- Our quantum reality problem: When the deepest theory we have seems to undermine science itself, some kind of collapse looks inevitable.
- A Fish for our time: After being extinct for 70 million years, the coelacanth came back to life.
- The Inside Story of Tor, the Best Internet Anonymity Tool the Government Ever Built: When and where did Tor originate? How does Tor Work? Who funds and works on the project? And What does the future hold?
- Should a robot decide when to kill?: It is just a matter of time before we build autonomous killing machines so now is right time to ponder the ethics of war machines.
- What Was the Hardest Computer Game of All Time?: It was called Robot Odyssey, it took the writer 13 years to finish it, and it sealed his fate as a programmer. (via @LinusEdwards / @typistX)
Have a great weekend!