Newsletter 330


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[1]World Health Organisation Verdict On Mobile Phones And Cancer
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/lPUh7I

Ed Yong | Cancer Research UK | 31 May 2011

Fine analysis of WHO verdict on mobile phones (they "possibly" cause
  cancer). In short, studies inconclusive and all suffer from weaknesses in
  methodology. Importantly, still no explanation of how phones could actually
  cause cancer [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/world-health-organisation-verdict-mobile-phones-and-cancer

[3]Israel's Borders And National Security
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/lyOzrj

George Friedman | Stratfor | 31 May 2011

Netanyahu says Israel's 1967 borders aren't defensible and it won't return
  to them. This analysis argues, convincingly, that those borders are actually
  more defensible than post-1967 lines. More territory doesn't equal more
  security [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/israels-borders-and-national-security

[5]Murder Most Academic
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/juYV5P

Theodore Dalrymple | City Journal | 31 May 2011

The idea of a university admitting a violent criminal to its doctoral
  programme in homicide studies, and that man becoming a serial killer sounds
  like satire in poor taste. But this is what happened in Britain recently
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/murder-most-academic

[7]Morality Without "Free Will"
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/j7AB7p

Sam Harris | Sam Harris Blog | 30 May 2011

Fascinating assessment of ethics and our notion of free will.
  Thought-provoking on why we "need not have any illusions about a casual
  agent living within the human mind to condemn such a mind as unethical,
  negligent, or even evil" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/morality-without-free-will

[9]Man Who Can Taste Sounds
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/iGJ8z5

Chrissie Giles | Wellcome Trust | 26 May 2011

On synesthesia. "I was listening to a track by Green Day the other day and
  it was full of the texture, taste and sweetness of pineapple chunks. There
  was loads of chocolate, too — the rippled kind you get on top of biscuits"
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/man-who-can-taste-sounds

[11]Is The Playboy Party Over?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/lppNVl

Kira Cochrane | Guardian | 31 May 2011

Will the Playboy empire, tainted by accusations of sexism and sleaze,
  attract a glamorous following to its new club in London? Investor calls it
  "sanctuary for masculinity" that will thrill women as much as men. Oh
  really? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/playboy-party-over

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Vishakha Desai on Asian Women
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/vishakha-desai-on-asian-women

The president of the Asia Society discusses the changing role of women in
  Asian countries and how women have reached positions of leadership there

Featured Topic

[14]Popular Science
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/popular-science

Black holes, DIY bio-engineering, aliens and more. Interviews and articles
  from many of the biggest names in Science. No prior knowledge necessary

Reader Recommendations

_@sophiemaynard_  Does reading good literature make you a better person?
  [15]bit.ly/l3brql h/t 3quarksdaily [16]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://bit.ly/l3brql
      16. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[17]The Unexpurgated Beaton by Cecil Beaton (Author), Hugo Vickers (Editor)
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/unexpurgated-beaton-by-cecil-beaton-author-hugo-vickers-editor

[18]Justine Picardie says: "Beaton was a marvellous writer. His diaries have
  the same economy and deftness of touch as his fashion illustrations"
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/justine-picardie-on-fashion-biographies

Video of the Day

[19]Risking It All
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/risking-it-all

Driving trucks across mountain passes in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Don't
  look down. Better still, just don't look

Quote of the Day

[20]Rosemary Hill, on London's Shard skyscraper
    Links:
      20. http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2011/06/01/rosemary-hill/great-glass-millefeuille

"It will apparently be ‘dynamic’ and ‘vibrant’, neither of which is a
    desirable quality in a tall building"

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