Newsletter 755


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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

[6]Raging Bulls: How Wall Street Got Addicted To Light-Speed Trading
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/PGKiki

Jerry Adler | Wired | 3 August 2012

Outstanding article on high-frequency trading. "Stock quotes are always
  to the penny, but real prices can go to six decimal places. No sane
  person would haggle over a ten-thousandth of a cent. But computers
  don’t get bored" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/raging-bulls-how-wall-street-got-addicted-light-speed-trading

[8]Front Row Seat At Russian Dark Comedy
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/MAJrra

Julia Ioffe | New Republic | 6 August 2012

Acute, well-reported account of Pussy Riot trial in Moscow. Punk
  group's song-and-dance protest in Moscow cathedral offended many. But
  grotesque show-trial has made them "a nation-wide hit and a liberal
  cause célèbre" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/front-row-seat-russian-dark-comedy

[10]The Non-Trial Of The Century
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/NEREV6

Evan Osnos | New Yorker | 7 August 2012

China’s fallen political grand dame, Gu Kailai, faces a show trial
  without the show. She'll be convicted of murder. "It is far easier,
  after all, to hold high one bad apple than to upturn the entire cart in
  search of the worm" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/non-trial-century

[12]'I Don't Want To See Him Go'
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/OZaGcR

Joe Posnanski | Sports On Earth | 7 August 2012

So farewell Michael Phelps after 22 Olympic medals, 18 of them gold.
  Here, with the help of 1992 double gold medallist Mel Stewart, is a
  fascinating insight into what it means to be a swimming perfectionist,
  and to lay it aside [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/i-dont-want-see-him-go

[14]The Rise And Fall Of The Company That Was Going To Have Us All Using
Biofuels
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/OMdyYo

Daniel Grushkin | Fast Co.Exist | 6 August 2012

"In the short lifetime of the biofuels business, Amyris has become
  legendary – a stand-in for the sector’s breathtaking promise and now
  for its troubling descent." One of the most innovative startups. But
  what is it now? [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/rise-and-fall-company-was-going-have-us-all-using-biofuels

[16]Cyborg America
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/OMcbsF

Ben Popper | Verge | 8 August 2012

Meet the "grinders": Keen to get a head start on the rest of us, these
  amateurs are already implanting machines into their bodies. A first
  step towards becoming cyborgs. Reporter pays them a visit, leaves with
  a magnetic finger [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/cyborg-america

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Rana Mitter on 100 Years of Modern China
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/rana-mitter-on-100-years-modern-china

A century after the fall of China’s last imperial dynasty, the legacy
  of revolution remains deeply ambiguous in today’s People’s Republic.
  The China scholar tells us about the country’s tumultuous changes from
  1911 to the present day [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/rana-mitter-on-100-years-modern-china

Featured Special Report

[20]Parenting
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/parenting

What's the best way to bring up children? Indeed, is there a right way
  at all? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/parenting

Reader Recommendations

@[22]prospect_uk You'll never be Chinese  [23]t.co/hYgARXCU
  #[24]longreads  #[25]browsings
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/prospect_uk
      23. http://t.co/hYgARXCU
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#longreads
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/orlando-by-virginia-woolf

[27]Orlando by Virginia Woolf
    Links:
      27. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/orlando-by-virginia-woolf

[28]Andrei Codrescu: “This is Woolf's mysterious and magical insight
  into the cyclical, sexual nature of time. It's her most beautiful
  writing too, in my opinion”
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrei-codrescu-on-fantastic-and-magical-tales

Video of the Day

[29]Izhar Cardboard Bike Project
    Links:
      29. https://thebrowser.com/videos/izhar-cardboard-bike-project

"It's strong, it's durable, it's cheap. But what I like about it the
  most is it's made out of cardboard"
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Henry Miller, on receiving
    Links:
      31. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/06/henry-miller-on-altruism

"By receiving from others, by letting them help you, you really aid
    them to become bigger, more generous, more magnanimous. You do them
    a service"

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

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