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Best of the Week

[1]The Chernobyl That Nobody Wants
      1. http://thebrowser.com/articles/chernobyl-nobody-wants

Barys Piatrovich | Eurozine | 22 April 2011

Gripping account of first month after Chernobyl's nuclear disaster. 25 years
  ago, uncertainty turned to anxiety and then panic as "virtually the whole of
  the radioactive end of Mendeleev's periodic table fell on Belarus"
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/chernobyl-nobody-wants

[3]Message To American Atheists
      3. http://thebrowser.com/articles/message-american-atheists

Christopher Hitchens | Richard Dawkins Foundation | 22 April 2011

Beautifully turned letter of apology for absence. "Nothing would have kept
  me from joining you except the loss of my voice (at least my speaking voice)
  which in turn is due to a long argument I am having with the specter of
  death" [4]Comments
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/message-american-atheists

[5]T[6]ime To Wake Up
      5. http://thebrowser.com/articles/time-wake
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/time-wake

Jeremy Grantham | GMO Quarterly | 25 April 2011

Investment guru says end of world is nigh. "No compound growth is
  sustainable. If we maintain our desperate focus on growth, we will run out
  of everything and crash. We must substitute qualitative growth for
  quantitative growth" [7]Comments
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/time-wake

[8]Gandhi's Inner Voice
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/gandhis-inner-voice

Pankaj Mishra | New Yorker | 25 April 2011

Modern father of non-violent protest. Distrusted, disliked in his lifetime.
  Faddish, mystical. Hostile to industrialisation. Reacted against Western
  culture. Marginalised in recent decades, back in fashion with the Arab
  awakening [9]Comments
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/gandhis-inner-voice

[10]Inside The GOP's Fact-Free Nation
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-gops-fact-free-nation

Rick Perlstein | Mother Jones | 25 April 2011

How lying became a normal part of American politics. Many presidents told
  lies occasionally. Reagan made it a habit. Now it's considered rude to call
  out a lie. "Balanced" media reporting treats truth and lies with equal
  respect [11]Comments
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inside-gops-fact-free-nation

[12]David Hobby
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/david-hobby

Steven Weiss | Slate | 20 April 2011

Baltimore Sun photographer took buyout, started blog, changed photography
  forever. Taught pro techniques to millions of amateurs. Result: "In last few
  years, market rate for many types of professional photographs has dropped
  99%" [13]Comments
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/david-hobby

[14]Why Addictions Are Hard To Forget
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-addictions-are-hard-forget

Nina Bai | Scientific American | 27 April 2011

Research on mice backs up "growing consensus in the addiction field that
  addiction is a learning and memory disorder". Alcoholics and hard drug users
  suffer from subconsious reward-based conditioning - a sort of Pavlovian
  response [15]Comments
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-addictions-are-hard-forget

[16]Uses And Abuses Of Happiness
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/uses-and-abuses-happiness

Will Davies | Open Democracy | 22 April 2011

Ideas of national well-being and happiness have become a central feature of
  British public policy. But the debate confuses four schools of thought:
  Aristotelian philosophy, social statistics, behavioural psychology, and
  self-help [17]Comments
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/uses-and-abuses-happiness

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Carl Zimmer on The Strangeness of Life
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-zimmer-on-strangeness-life

Journalist, author and award-winning blogger discusses the strangeness of
  life, from viruses to manipulative flatworms

Featured Topic

[19]Mind And Brain
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/mind

Everything you wanted - or didn't want - to know about your mind. From how
  many friends your brain can cope with, to experts discussing consciousness
  and mental illness

Reader Recommendations

_@prospect_uk  _Will  Self:  Support  for  the monarchy is the result of
  brainwashing on an Orwellian scale [20]bit.ly/fSA7u6 [21]#browsings
      20. http://bit.ly/fSA7u6
      21. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Week

[22]The Machinery of Life by David S. Goodsell
      22. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/machinery-life-by-david-s-goodsell

[23]Carl Zimmer says: I think that David Goodsell’s illustrations do a
  masterful job of giving you that sense of just what a mob scene it is inside
  of cells.
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-zimmer-on-strangeness-life

Video of the Week

[24]Keynes vs Hayek Round Two
      24. http://thebrowser.com/videos/keynes-vs-hayek-round-two

Same economists. Same beliefs. Same moustaches. New microphones

Quote of the Week

[25]David Foster Wallace, on self-help
      25. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d20a33a2-66e1-11e0-8d88-00144feab49a.html#axzz1JdDA89ZB

"If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot

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