Newsletter 451


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

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

[5]Quantum Life: The Weirdness Inside Us
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/q8PCqk

Michael Brooks | New Scientist | 3 October 2011

"Might particles that occupy two states at once, that interact seemingly
  inexplicably over distances and exhibit other quantum misbehaviours actually
  make many essential life processes tick?" Fascinating look at quantum
  biology [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/quantum-life-weirdness-inside-us

[7]A Waste Of Energy?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/pBvgrV

James Surowiecki | New Yorker | 3 October 2011

Fine analysis of solar energy failure Solyndra and need for subsidies in
  renewable energy market. Private investment unlikely to be sufficient as
  "the economic rate of return is significantly less than the social rate of
  return" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/waste-energy

[9]The Great Pumpkin
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/n3kZ5g

Brendan Borrell | Smithsonian | 25 September 2011

Introduction to extreme vegetable growing. Crop of choice? The Atlantic
  Giant Pumpkin. The aim? To grow the first one ton specimen. And they're
  getting close: "What we are doing will be reflected on the dinner table of
  America" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/great-pumpkin

[11]Dissolve My Nobel Prize! A True Story
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/oMwMS6

Robert Krulwich | NPR | 3 October 2011

"It's 1940. The Nazis have taken Copenhagen. They are literally marching
  through the streets, and physicist Niels Bohr has just hours, maybe minutes,
  to make two Nobel Prize medals disappear. They are made of 23-karat gold"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dissolve-my-nobel-prize-true-story

[13]Scientology And Its Discontents
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/oUq6fT

Seth Perry | Chronicle Review | 2 October 2011

Interesting assessment of history of scientology by religious scholar.
  Despite cult-like nature of institution he created, "Hubbard's teachings
  contain fascinating religious content that demands serious study"
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/scientology-and-its-discontents

[15]iBone
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/oGe6HV

Marshall Sella | GQ | 3 October 2011

The makers of GPS-based gay hook-up app Grindr bring you Blendr, the
  equivalent for straight people. How will it, can it ever work? Under an
  admittedly revolting headline, GQ writer sets out to investigate
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ibone

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Denise Hamilton on Perfume
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/denise-hamilton-on-perfume

The author guides us through the intoxicating world of the perfumer, from
  ancient Egypt to wartime Paris – and explains what Guerlain meant when he
  said his fragrances contained a whiff of his mistress's bottom [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/denise-hamilton-on-perfume

Featured Topic

[19]Moral Philosophy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/moral-philosophy

Do babies have morals? Does surveillance make us better? Is free will an
  illusion or not? Is there such a thing as evil? Get to grips with the big
  questions of right and wrong [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/moral-philosophy

Reader Recommendations

_@_[21]polit2k RT       @[22]TimHarford:       Knowing      when      to
  quit: [23]t.co/Zhrv1YgA Under-rated skill. @[24]freakonomics [25]#browsings
  #[26]gfc2 [27]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/TimHarford
      23. http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/09/30/the-upside-of-quitting-full-transcript
      24. http://twitter.com/freakonomics
      25. http://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/day-picasso-by-billy-klüver

[29]A Day with Picasso by Billy Klüver
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/day-picasso-by-billy-klüver

[30]Errol Morris says: “We knew very little about these photographs until
  Billy  Klüver  figured  it  all out. It's a true detective story about
  photography” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/errol-morris-on-photography-and-reality
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Hank Williams Jr On American Politics
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/hank-williams-jr-american-politics

Country music star "knows a little about politics". Allegedly [33]More
  videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Richard Feynman, on error
    Links:
      34. http://twitter.com/interfluidity/status/120641266747842560

"There is a negative relationship between precision and accuracy"

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

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