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

[5]Personal Best
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/rdC9XS

Atul Gawande | New Yorker | 26 September 2011

You'd be surprised if a successful singer or sportsman had no coach. Why not
  so for other professionals? Surgeon investigates: "I can’t say that every
  surgeon needs a coach to do his or her best work, but I’ve discovered that I
  do" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/personal-best

[7]Violence Vanquished
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/n6xFXM

Steven Pinker | WSJ | 24 September 2011

Violence may loom large in our news media, and our minds, but it was much
  worse in the past. Pinker describes its decline through six key phases,
  concluding we are living in "the most peaceable era in the existence of our
  species" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/violence-vanquished

[9]Cash On Delivery
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/pf3IMO

Scott Carney | Open | 24 September 2011

Behind the scenes at Akanksha Clinic in Gujarat, which sells contract babies
  from surrogate mothers to childless couples, mostly foreigners. Charges
  couples $15,000, pays surrogates $5,000. Big business: 350 similar clinics
  in India [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cash-delivery

[11]The (Dis)passion Of John Henry
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/mR1TTX

Steve Wulf | ESPN | 23 September 2011

Profile of Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC owner. Farmer's son who got into
  finance betting on soybean prices. Applied maths to markets (and baseball).
  Named his yacht after client who withdrew money and went bust. Banned from
  Vegas [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dispassion-john-henry

[13]How The Refrigerator Got Its Hum
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/pc6lrq

Alice Bell | Through The Looking Glass | 19 September 2011

Wonderful post reveals why "history of technology is a history of failed
  machines; of routes we didn’t take, not the ones we did. There have never
  been a shortage of new inventions, what ‘shapes us’ is what we choose to
  pick up on" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-refrigerator-got-its-hum

[15]Scott Of The Antarctic: The Lies That Doomed His Race To The Pole
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/p4VDht

Robin McKie | Observer | 24 September 2011

Standout feature revisiting history of Scott's epic expedition to South
  Pole. Wrong to think of him as heroic British amateur. Rather he was victim
  of grave ill-fortune and deception, not helped by his relentless pursuit of
  science [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scott-antarctic-lies-doomed-his-race-pole

FiveBooks Interview

[17]David Spiegelhalter on Statistics and Risk
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-spiegelhalter-on-statistics-and-risk

Every statistic is the result of someone’s work, and we’d do well to ask
  ourselves why it was created. That way, says the statistician, we have a
  better chance of working out when dangers are being overstated and data
  misused [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-spiegelhalter-on-statistics-and-risk

Featured Topic

[19]Palestine And The UN
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/palestine-and-un

The Palestinians are seeking enhanced status at the UN in a move aimed at
  advancing their statehood ambitions. How will the process play out and what
  are the implications for Palestinians, and for Israel? Read on to find out
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/palestine-and-un

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ "It drives almost everything that goes on on Wall Street" Quant
  trading:   How   mathematicians  rule  the  markets  [21]t.co/MEdYzpFO
  [22]#browsings [23]More like this
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      21. http://t.co/MEdYzpFO
      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/myth-sisyphus-by-albert-camus

[25]The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/myth-sisyphus-by-albert-camus

[26]Kenan Malik says: “Here Camus confronts both the tragedy of recent
  history  [World War II] and what he sees as the absurdity of the human
  condition” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kenan-malik-on-morality-without-god
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Penn Jillette With Nick Gillespie
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/penn-jillette-nick-gillespie

On libertarianism: "I don't go with pragmatic arguments. It's simply that I
  don't know what's best for everybody" [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Peter Oborne, on the FT
    Links:
      30. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/8780075/The-great-euro-swindle.html

"It has been wrong on every single major economic judgment over the past
    quarter century"

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

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