Newsletter 278 (weekly)


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

We hope you enjoy this first edition of our ‘Best of the Week’ newsletter:
  eight unmissable articles from last week that were featured on our
  [1]homepage, alongside our [2]FiveBooks interview, video and quotation of
  the week, plus more, thrown into the mix.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com
      2. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Happy browsing!

[3]Fukushima Dai-ichi Status And Prognosis
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/i9bjmm

Euan Mearns | The Oil Drum | 31 March 2011

It looked like Japan's nuclear disaster was an overstated, media-hyped,
  problem. But has the situation changed? Possibly so; we could now be looking
  at a more serious issue. Excellent analysis of current available information
  [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/fukushima-dai-ichi-status-and-prognosis

[5]Why Experts Get It Wrong
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/gm9Rrp

James Warren | Atlantic | 1 April 2011

The pressure of being an expert encourages experts to be wrong; they extend
  themselves beyond the facts. Heightened accountability encourages
  "stretching to make comparisons and falsely recalling features that simply
  aren't there" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-experts-get-it-wrong

[7]Bank Laundered Billions For Mexican Gangs
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/fa5qpX

Ed Vulliamy | Guardian | 3 April 2011

And pretty much got away with it. Wachovia, since taken over by Wells Fargo,
  laundered drug money equivalent to one-third of Mexico's GDP, for murderous
  cartels. When US eventually prosecuted, case was settled for a small fine
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bank-laundered-billions-mexican-gangs

[9]Walking And Reading
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/idnK5h

Lee Klein | Swink | 7 April 2011

Absurdist, enjoyable essay about the merits of reading while walking. You
  can tackle boring books without risk of falling asleep. And isn't it better
  for the city than walking while smoking, or drinking, or cursing, or chewing
  gum? [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/waling-and-reading

[11]What Really Ails Italy?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/h5gL7X

Tim Parks | New Yorker | 4 April 2011

Unemployment high, wages low. Government in turmoil. North-South antagonism.
  Public squalor. Choking bureaucracy. It's that way now, it's been that way
  for at least 150 years. Incapable of reform, Italy makes a virtue of
  complacency [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-really-ails-italy

[13]The Sleepless Elite
    Links:
      13. 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? [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/melinda-beck-wsj-5th-april-2011

[15]Why A Lack Of Empathy Is The Root Of All Evil
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/fmcW5x

Clint Witchalls | Independent | 5 April 2011

Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen argues that that we shouldn't use evil as an
  explanation for why people do bad things. His new book examines how lack of
  empathy, born from genetic and environmental factors, is the reason for
  cruelty [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/clint-witchalls-independent-5th-april-2011

[17]Osborne!
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/eafyYY

Harry McCracken | Technologizer | 1 April 2011

Wonderful story of first portable PC. "Famously touted as fitting under an
  airplane seat, but you couldn’t actually use it on an airplane–not only
  because you would have busted your tray table, but also because it had no
  battery" [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/osborne

FiveBooks Interview

[19]Frieda Hughes on Poetry
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/frieda-hughes-on-poetry

Wit, intelligence, compassion and an ability to shock are the qualities
  valued by the poet, author and painter, who talks about taking advice from
  Dad (Ted Hughes) and why she didn’t write for ten years

Featured Topic

[20]Sex
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/sex

Call girls, bondage, pornography, naked yoga, adultery and the science of
  sperm; it's all here but maybe NSFW

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav Classic PJ O’Rourke humor. http://b.rw/iiubi8 [22]#browsings
    Links:
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Week

[23]From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity by John Perlin
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/space-earth-story-solar-electricity-by-john-perlin

[24]Bob Johnstone says: “Perlin’s book is a history of the first 40 years of
  solar. It’s a beautiful book, everything an introduction to a subject should
  be.”
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bob-johnstone-on-solar-power

Video of the Week

[25]Donald Trump On Today Show
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/videos/donal-trump-today-show

Just so you know. The Tea Party's Choice. "The world laughs at us. They
  won't be laughing if I'm president"

Quote of the Week

[26]Karl Smith on correlation
    Links:
      26. 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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