Newsletter 276


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[1]The Sleepless Elite
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/hO9gg6

Melinda Beck | WSJ | 5 April 2011

Energetic people often need little sleep: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas
  Jefferson and Leonardo Da Vinci, to name a few. New research indicates a
  gene variation in these kinds of people. Moment of truth: are you one of
  them? [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/melinda-beck-wsj-5th-april-2011

[3]My Life And Times In American Journalism
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/fCpb4g

Philip Connors | n+1 | 5 April 2011

Lovely essay on life as a sub-editor at the Wall Street Journal, under Bob
  Bartley. "The people who usually proofread his editorials were gone for the
  day, and I was the only one left who knew how to repair a dangling
  participle" [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-life-and-times-american-journalism

[5]Durkheim As Wonk
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/i6yuZs

Will Davies | Potlatch | 5 April 2011

On the danger of anomie in post-Thatcher Britain. When the State tells
  people that anything is possible if they work hard enough, that's not
  liberating, it's depressing. To make progress, most people need goals within
  their reach [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/durkheim-wonk

[7]Arianna Huffington is Bill Keller's Somali Pirate
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/icj9ce

Aaron Bady | zunguzungu | 5 April 2011

Great take on the snipe-fest between Huffington and the New York Times
  editor over the financial state of professional journalism. "Whoever wins
  the Real Journalism battle royal gets to defend American democracy from the
  barbarians" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/arianna-huffington-bill-kellers-somali-pirate

[9]How To Hail A Passenger
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/eiaEG2

Marisa Plumb | IEEE Spectrum | 5 April 2011

Study uses GPS data from taxis in China to identify optimal strategy for
  taxi-drivers seeking customers. Cruise in the morning rush hour, wait at
  ranks in the evening rush hour. But if all taxis do that, it will cease to
  be optimal [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-hail-passenger

[11]It's Hard To Make Predictions
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/fV5rO5

Ronald Bailey | Reason | 5 April 2011

New book, "Future Babble", explains why dart-throwing monkeys predict future
  better than pundits. Romps through 40 years of failed expertise on
  economics, energy, environment, politics. (Me, I never make predictions. I
  never will) [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/its-hard-make-predictions

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Roger McGough on Poetry Anthologies
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roger-mcgough-on-poetry-anthologies

The poet, broadcaster and "patron saint of poetry" says all children are
  poets  and  reveals  why  daydreaming is good for you. Here he chooses
  anthologies for all ages, which have "a fresh look and a fresh listen"

Featured Topic

[14]Natural History
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/natural-history

Everything you need to know about natural history. Experts from London's
  Natural History Museum discuss their top five books on everything - from
  bats to plants, dinosaurs to meteorites and more

Reader Recommendations

_@[15]tweetingmanatee_ Looking forward to a cinematic summer of sequels,
  remakes    and    tired    comic    book    franchises?   We’re   not.
  [16]b.rw/hEZUak [17]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/tweetingmanatee
      16. http://b.rw/hEZUak
      17. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[18]Enhancing Evolution by John Harris
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/enhancing-evolution-by-john-harris

[19]Matthew Syed says: “Harris is a brilliant essayist and the book explores
  and explodes a great deal of conservatism in bioethics”
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/matthew-syed-on-champions

Video of the Day

[20]Onion: Internet Outage
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/onion-internet-outage

"With no access to blogs or social networking, people are taking to the
  streets to express their inane opinions"

Quote of the Day

[21]Karl Smith on correlation
    Links:
      21. http://modeledbehavior.com/2011/04/03/healthy-living-vouchers

"The rich are likely to be tall. Yet, this isn’t because they’ve found a
    solution to shortness"

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