Weekend Reading

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Enjoy this weeks random selection of random articles. No Weekend Reading next week as I’m on holiday, but will be back with a vengeance (and a bumper edition) in a fortnight.

  • The Cold War : Epic Magazine
    “Sure,” Efrain said. He was guarded and didn’t know where this was headed. Dennis took the lead, plunging into a list of complaints: Efrain boxed his drivers in, dropped prices, even catcalled people. Efrain sighed or shook his head in denial at each allegation.
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  • On How to Disagree
    We live in a world saturated with disagreement.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1sq2etL
  • Scientists say they’ve found a way to slow ice cream’s melting
    Ice cream is already a scientific miracle. It has all three phases of matter—solid, liquid, and gas—in one delicious scoop. But unless you gobble it up, it can melt into a sad puddle too quickly in the summer heat. What if there were a way to slow down the melting?
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  • The benefits of being selfish
    None of us wants to feel like we’re being selfish. We all know we should have empathy for others and be helpful. But when it comes to doing your best work, sometimes being selfish is exactly what you need to do.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1IPUJxw
  • Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime
    Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to Australia takes less than an hour.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1KxGtRx
  • Want to drink whisky in space? You’ll need this glass
    Getting the whisky into the glass and drinking it has been engineered according to a four-step process, according to James Parr from the Open Space Agency.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1iry71i
  • Soothe Yourself By Watching Tiny Meals Being Cooked in Tiny Kitchens
    Japanese miniature cooking videos, in which hands appear in a dollhouse-esque kitchen to prepare minuscule meals, are slowly becoming an internet sensation.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1UurxD7
  • The Players’ Tribune
    I am hours away from playing in the biggest tennis match of my life: the fourth round of the U.S. Open … on Labor Day … on my dad’s birthday … on Arthur Ashe … on CBS … against Roger Federer.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1Lj4iHk
  • One lawyer’s crusade to defend extreme pornography
    One evening in the late autumn of 2008, Andrew Holland returned from holiday to discover that the front door to his home in Wrexham had been smashed in. Thinking he had been burgled, he phoned the police. They came straight round – and arrested him.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1L0rWMO
  • Real Talk With Trans People — Matter — Medium
    Real Talk With Trans People – How to be an ally – Words can cut, like knives slicing open wounds. For transgender folk, loaded lingo has long made us feel unseen and unwelcome.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1JS02hP
  • The refugee crisis: 9 questions you were too embarrassed to ask
    There have always been refugees: people who are forced from their home countries by conflict or repression or something else, and who must find new homes and new lives abroad. But there is something different about what’s happening now.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1LkfFi7
  • How Much Harm Can Sugar Do?
    If you want to wage a war, you have to have an enemy. By almost any measure—scientific reports, documentaries, government announcements, and nearly thirty million Google results—we have been waging a War on Obesity for many years. It is not going well.
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  • High Score
    Awful days, like childhood summers, flow together in a vague, compounding blur.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1O7GefH
  • Researchers have discovered a better way to wait in line, and you’re going to hate it
    Think of all the time that you’ve ever spent waiting in line. How many hours have you spent waiting to board an airplane, get a table at a restaurant, use an ATM or a bathroom, or talk to a customer service representative?
    Read: http://ift.tt/1K7GdCe
  • How mindfulness plays havoc with memory
    Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research. The practice, which emphasises paying deliberate attention to the present moment, can implant false memories, a study found.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1QqoHP1
  • Smashing melons and juggling chainsaws: Guinness World Record breakers tell their stories
    I am always fascinated by this type of challenge – I am a master instructor for self-defence and have tried different ones before, including breaking bricks with my head. I’ve been practising and teaching martial arts for many years, it was a passion of mine growing up.
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