Newsletter 343


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[1]Aging: To Treat, Or Not To Treat?
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/kxEQVg

David Gems | American Scientist | 13 June 2011

"It is possible to slow aging in laboratory animals. In fact, it is easy."
  So addressing the ethical dilemmas raised by "decelerated aging" is no
  longer a distant philosophical problem. It is a pressing scientific issue
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/aging-treat-or-not-treat

[3]Lessons From Late-Night Walmart
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/jQkGCY

John Balz | Nudges | 12 June 2011

At midnight on the first day of each month, Wal-Marts are full of shoppers
  spending a new month's quota of food stamps. So why not make benefit
  payments weekly, rather than monthly, to discourage bingeing and encourage
  budgeting? [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lessons-late-night-walmart

[5]The Last Of The Scholar Warriors
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/iDSmpC

Christopher Hitchens | Slate | 13 June 2011

On Paddy Leigh Fermor. Until recently "he was still able to drink anybody
  senseless, still capable of hiking the wildest parts of Greece, still
  producing the most limpidly written accounts of his solitary, scholarly
  expeditions" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/last-scholar-warriors

[7]After The One-Hit Wonder
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/kGs6m4

Jeff May | WSJ | 13 June 2011

From magnetic poetry to Baby On Board signs, there's often a lone star
  fuelling the success of smash hit products. But when sales fall, what
  happens to these forgotten heroes of business? One success rarely leads to a
  second [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/after-one-hit-wonder

[9]The Midas Touch
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/kQ9qXF

Lewis Lapham | TomDispatch | 12 June 2011

Discursive essay, ostensibly about American eating habits, but really about
  Lewis Lapham's own eating habits, and none the worse for that. Interesting
  throughout. Who knew that one-fifth of American meals were eaten in cars?
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-food-became-wealth-america

[11]The Unsung Heroes Of Biscuit Embossing
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/kqRr1l

Nicola | ediblegeography | 13 June 2011

Have you ever noticed the intricate designs on biscuits such as the Oreo or
  Custard Cream? "Cookies are designed as consciously as buildings, and
  sometimes better." And those patterns have a culinary purpose too
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unsung-heroes-biscuit-embossing

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Yana van der Meulen Rodgers on Economics for Teenagers
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/yana-van-der-meulen-rodgers-on-economics-teenagers

Economics need not be dry or didactic. Here’s a suggested reading list of
  novels with economic themes to appeal to young teenagers

Featured Topic

[14]Art
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/art

What are the most influential art books? Is cow dung art? How political was
  Picasso?  What's the correct etiquette for a gallery opening? All this
  answered and more

Reader Recommendations

@[15]akbarzamir RT     @[16]prospect_uk:     Sell    Descartes,    buy
  Spinoza [17]t.co/tgM8Per#[18]browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/akbarzamir
      16. http://twitter.com/prospect_uk
      17. http://t.co/tgM8Per
      18. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[19]The House on Garibaldi Street by Isser Harel
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/house-garibaldi-street-by-isser-harel

[20]Guy Walters says: "The former head of Mossad describes the discovery of
  Adolf Eichmann’s whereabouts and the detail of his audacious kidnap"
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/guy-walters-on-nazi-hunters

Video of the Day

[21]SWITL
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/videos/switl

To quote Jason Kottke: "My mouth dropped open about 5 seconds into the demo"

Quote of the Day

[22]Costica Bradatan, on Socrates
    Links:
      22. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/philosophy-as-an-art-of-dying

"Socrates may have never written a book, but he crafted one of the most
    famous endings of all time: his own"

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