Newsletter 337


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[1]The Renaissance Man
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/ktYjF6

Ed Yong | Not Exactly Rocket Science | 8 June 2011

Profile of Erez Lieberman Aiden, a most unusual scientist who tackles
  problems from molecular biology and applied physics with equal ease. “He’s
  truly one of a kind. I just wonder about what discipline he will get a Nobel
  prize in" [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/renaissance-man

[3]Wrongful Convictions
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/jhYTxs

Radley Balko | Reason | 7 June 2011

The more that scientists use DNA tests to overturn life and death sentences
  for rape and murder, the clearer it is that prosecutors have commonly
  fabricated, manipulated or suppressed evidence to get criminal convictions
  in the past [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/wrongful-convictions

[5]Why Happiness? Interview With Geoff Mulgan
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/mT2vjV

Will Davies | Open Democracy | 7 June 2011

"We want a cultural shift to a society in which it is as natural to discuss
  what’s going on with happiness—with who is thriving and who is not—as it is
  to discuss what’s going on with the economy—who is prospering and who is
  not" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-happiness-interview-geoff-mulgan

[7]AOL After The Honeymoon
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/ktq3CN

Jeff Bercovici | Forbes | 7 June 2011

Good report on continuing problems at AOL. Did Tim Armstrong misunderstand
  HuffPo's business? Will Arianna's ego prove unmanageable? Can display
  advertising replace internet access revenue? Future looks very uncertain
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/aol-after-honeymoon

[9]In Praise Of Pragmatism
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jA3bPy

Tim Harford | Independent | 7 June 2011

"Because the pragmatist tries to take each situation on its own merits and
  figure out a sensible way forward, pragmatism tends to look hesitant, messy,
  and prone to error." But that's no reason to side with ideologues instead
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/praise-pragmatism

[11]My Last Royals Game (For A While)
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/lEcayx

Joe Posnanski | Joe Blogs | 6 June 2011

Goodbye to Kansas City. Valedictory blogpost by the most engaging baseball
  writer working today as he packs up his house after 14 years covering the
  Royals. Most of that time they weren't that successful. There was Beltran
  though [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/my-last-royals-game-while

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Deborah Blum on Science in Society
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/deborah-blum-on-science-society

The Pulitzer prize-winning writer says science is too important to be left
  for the scientists, and recommends books that show how much it matters in
  our daily lives

Featured Topic

[14]Terrorism
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/terrorism

Jessica Stern, Simon Conway, Yosri Fouda and others discuss where terrorists
  come from, what they believe, and the roads leading to and from 9/11

Reader Recommendations

_@[15]bdrugge_ George Saunders: “Home” : The New Yorker [16]t.co/GOEkmPO via
  @[17]NewYorker Short story masterpiece!  [18]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/bdrugge
      16. http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2011/06/13/110613fi_fiction_saunders?mbid=social_retweet
      17. http://twitter.com/NewYorker
      18. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[19]The Century of the Detective by Jürgen Thorwald
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/century-detective-by-jürgen-thorwald

[20]Douglas Starr says: "In this encyclopedic yet highly readable volume,
  Thorwald demonstrates that the late 19th century saw the birth of modern
  detective work, from toxicology to fingerprinting to crime scene analysis"
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/douglas-starr-on-pioneers-criminology

Video of the Day

[21]Daredevil pilots of Colombia
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/videos/daredevil-pilots-colombia

Where the greatest danger is not the weather or mechanical faults...

Quote of the Day

[22]Gene Healey, on Anthony Weiner
    Links:
      22. http://reason.com/archives/2011/06/07/the-lessons-of-weinergate

"Political sex scandals serve an important social purpose. They remind us
    that we should think twice before we cede more power to these clowns"

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