Newsletter 646


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus
  FiveBooks interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]How Do You Like Your Meat?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/Juvnul

William Little | FT | 21 April 2012

Lab-grown meat was predicted by Churchill; tried by Nasa. Now the first
  in vitro burger is set to come out of a Dutch lab. It will cost 250,000
  euros and isn't classified as food, so you can't eat it. But could this
  be the future? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-do-you-your-meat

[7]Beware Of Franklin’s Gambit In Making Decisions
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/IofpRi

John Kay | John Kay | 18 April 2012

"We claim to believe that there is an objective method by which all
  right thinking people would, with sufficient diligence and
  intelligence, arrive at a good answer to any complex problem. But there
  is no such method" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/beware-franklin’s-gambit-making-decisions

[9]Trouble In Timbuktu
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/IGz2Dc

Graeme Wood | Boston Globe | 15 April 2012

Portrait of African city taken lately by Tuareg rebels. Wreathed in
  fantasy and romance. Grew rich on the salt trade. "One could think of
  Timbuktu as the farthest inland port city in the world, and of the
  Sahara as its ocean" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/trouble-timbuktu

[11]Propofol And The Death Of Michael Jackson
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/JqMpJN

Aidan O’Donnell | OUP Blog | 19 April 2012

Michael Jackson's doctor gave him Propofol, an anaesthetic drug, as a
  sedative. Bad move. "Propofol doesn’t cause sleep. If given enough, it
  will cause oblivion, but the cerebral activity necessary for sleep does
  not take place" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/propofol-and-death-michael-jackson

[13]Closing The Pigeon Gap
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/HXtbsh

Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 17 April 2012

You will be familiar, from Cold War history, with the alleged "missile
  gap". But are you familiar too with its precursor, the pigeon gap? Oh
  yes, there was a time when pigeons formed a vital part of a country's
  military capability [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/closing-pigeon-gap

[15]Letter From Tasmania
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/HZqaNo

Robert Moor | n+1 | 19 April 2012

A large island off the Australian coast with colourful locals, easy
  hitchhiking, dangerous snakes, and a modern art museum built by a
  video-gaming tycoon. Exhibits include the Epic of Gilgamesh written in
  binary code [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/letter-tasmania

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Michael Lind on American Economic History
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-lind-on-american-economic-history

The American economy has been driven by waves of technological change
  and the successful adoption of ideas from elsewhere. The author of Land
  of Promise tells us how it happened, and what history teaches us about
  the way ahead [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-lind-on-american-economic-history

Featured Special Report

[19]France Votes
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/france-votes

French people go to the polls this weekend to elect a new president.
  How do they feel about the choice in front of them? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/france-votes

Reader Recommendations

@[21]Milkweed_Books If you read anything this weekend, make it David
  Gessner's update on the BP oil spill:
  [22]t.co/WKXQXRv4 #[23]longreads #[24]browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/Milkweed_Books
      22. http://t.co/WKXQXRv4
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#longreads
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

[25]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/escape-evil-by-ernest-becker

[27]Escape From Evil by Ernest Becker
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/escape-evil-by-ernest-becker

[28]Stephen Cave says: “He thought the point of the human sciences was
  to stop us from being evil, and that evil resulted from our terror of
  death”[29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-cave-on-immortality
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Leonardo: Anatomist
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/leonardo-anatomist

Wonderful short film looks at the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da
  Vinci
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Scott Adams, on Steve Jobs
    Links:
      32. http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/reality_distortion_field

"Apparently Jobs had a lifelong battle with reality and won"

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

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