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August 11 2010

The Last Psychiatrist: Why Parents Hate Parenting

I have a surprising piece of advice for parents, which I hope will be taken in the spirit it is offered: your kid doesn't want to be around you that much. No one does.

Anil Ananthaswamy: Rethinking Einstein - The end of space-time

Gravity emerges as the attractive force due to quantum particles called gravitons, in much the same way that the electromagnetic force is carried by photons.
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Kathryn Schulz: On Air and On Error - This American Life's Ira Glass on Being Wrong

I wasn't making any money, and I was so bad at it. I was 19 when I started at NPR and I was 27 or 28 before I could competently put together a story that I had written.

August 04 2010

Atul Gawande: Letting Go

What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?

William Saletan: Deep Throat

The depravity of Major League Eating.

Thomas Goetz: Sergey Brin’s Search for a Parkinson’s Cure

As the cost of sequencing drops and research into possible associations increases, whole genome sequencing will become a routine part of medical treatment, just as targeted genetic tests are a routine part of pregnancy today.

July 07 2010

Ariel Levy: Either/Or

Sports, sex, and the runner Caster Semenya.

Hampton Stevens: Michael Jackson's Unparalleled Influence

Videos didn't matter before Michael, and they ceased to matter at almost the precise cultural moment he stopped producing great work.

July 06 2010

Todd Hoff: How Will Memristors Change Everything?

Today there is rough price parity between (1) one database access, (2) ten bytes of network traffic, (3) 100,000 instructions, (4) 10 bytes of disk storage, and (5) a megabyte of disk bandwidth. This has implications for how one structures Internet-scale
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July 02 2010

Joshua Davis: Pissing Match - Is the World Ready for the Waterless Urinal?

Krug’s business model took a page out of the Gillette playbook: Keep the urinal cost low and lock customers in to buying the cartridges.

Elizabeth Kolbert: Everybody Have Fun

What can policymakers learn from happiness research?

June 30 2010

John Lanchester: Can money set you free?

Anxiety is freedom, and the way you are living will have been your life.

James Wood: Shallow Graves

The novels of Paul Auster.

Jonathan Rauch: Caring for Your Introvert

The habits and needs of a little-understood group.

June 29 2010

Meghan O’Rourke: Good Grief

Is there a better way to be bereaved?

Story-Dash: Lehman Channeled Risks Through ‘Alter Ego’ Firm

Typically, companies are required to disclose only material investments or purchases of public companies. Hudson Castle was neither. Nonetheless, Hudson Castle was central to some Lehman deals up until the bank collapsed.
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