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[1]The Browser
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]"A Violent Convulsion Of Kids On Holiday From High School"
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/qBzD3x

Siôn Simon | Newsweek | 14 August 2011

Read this first person account of the tragedy in Birmingham for a reality
  check. "My city is not usually like this. It is a good place. The different
  ethnic groups live mixed in. The great majority of the time, we live in
  peace" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/violent-convulsion-kids-holiday-high-school

[7]The Scent Of A Woman
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/nAj6h8

Randi Hutter Epstein | Slate | 18 August 2011

The idea that our body odours are "chemically charged mating signals" is so
  accepted "you would think that all you need is one good sweat to lure your
  guy". Pheromones may work for insects but there's no proof mammals even have
  them [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scent-woman

[9]South China Sea: Future Conflict
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/mQ9Xgb

Robert Kaplan | Foreign Policy | 18 August 2011

Great confrontations of 21C will be played out on the South China Sea. China
  wants to gain control of shipping lanes, secure natural resources, settle
  territorial disputes, push back US influence, show who's the new regional
  boss [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/south-china-sea-future-conflict

[11]Hans Litten: The Man Who Annoyed Adolf Hitler
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/pjEL5I

Jon Kelly | BBC | 19 August 2011

In 1931, a young Jewish lawyer had Adolf Hitler in the witness box. Over
  three hours of intelligent, persistent questioning he dismantled Hitler's
  claims about the Nazi party. Hitler never forgot. But what happened to
  Litten? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hans-litten-man-who-annoyed-adolf-hitler

[13]Minority Report
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/owXm1f

Mike Butcher | TechCrunch | 12 August 2011

It's hard to understand the riots of the last week. People like myself have
  tried to understand it via the proliferation of quasi-private messaging on
  mobile phones like the Blackberry. I guess I became obsessed with the riots
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/minority-report

[15]Florida's Friendly Manatees
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/nVSNfc

Alexander Mustard | Telegraph | 16 August 2011

Ok, we're biased on this one. But who can resist? "Manatees live life at a
  slow pace, so when you swim with them you are forced to chill down to their
  speed," says photographer. "They're just floating about in a sort of zen
  state" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/floridas-friendly-manatees

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Harold Bloom on Literary Criticism
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/harold-bloom-on-literary-criticism

The distinguished literary critic gives us his trenchant views on American
  education  and  politics today, and tells us about five great works of
  literary scholarship that have influenced him [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/harold-bloom-on-literary-criticism

Featured Topic

[19]Murdoch Empire In Crisis
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/murdoch-empire-crisis

A scandal that started with a British reporter accused of phone-hacking has
  claimed several senior executives. How badly damaged is the Murdoch media
  empire and what have its troubles revealed about the state of relations
  between press and politicians today? Read on to find out    [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/murdoch-empire-crisis

Reader Recommendations

_@sophiemaynard_ V. funny and well done. RT _@MarkThoma @davidfrum_ Why The
  Wall  Street  Journal  Editorial  Page is a Disgrace [21]bit.ly/pA9fH9
  [22]#browsings [23]More like this
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      21. http://bit.ly/pA9fH9
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/influence-by-robert-b-cialdini

[25]Influence by Robert B Cialdini
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/influence-by-robert-b-cialdini

[26]Dan Ariely says: “The Cialdini book is very important because it shows
  you how much other people have control, at the end of the day, over our
  actions”[27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dan-ariely-on-behavioural-economics
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]The Art Of Flight
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/art-flight-0

Extreme snowboarding. Involving bears, helicopters, facial injuries, and a
  heavy-metal soundtrack [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Warren Buffett, on confirmation bias
    Links:
      30. http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/mental-model-confirmation-bias

"What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information
    so that their prior conclusions remain intact"

[31]More quotes
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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