Alex White, a drug dealer in Atlanta with a side business as an informant, had a crisis of conscience. What do you do when the cops you work for are dirtier than you are? [NY Times]
CBS Reporter Lara Logan thought she was going to die in Tahrir Square when she was sexually assaulted by a mob on the night that Hosni Mubarak’s government fell in Cairo. [NY Times]
International timekeepers added a second to the clock at midnight universal time Saturday, June 30, going into July 1.
LiveScience has a spectacularly bad article that covers the toxicology results of Rudy Eugene, the ‘Miami cannibal’ who was immediately labelled as being high on ‘bath salts‘ and was predictably, not high on bath salts.
Physicists seem to have finally trapped their most-desired quarry: the Higgs boson, the last undiscovered fundamental particle in the standard model that underpins modern physics. More: Higgs boson: physics professors answer your questions live.
According to this study, information gleaned from interrogational torture is very likely to be unreliable, and when torture techniques are employed, they are likely to be used too frequently and too harshly.
Reflections on 10 Years of Countering Terrorism. [CIA.gov]
What can surnames tell us about the culture, genetics and history of our society? That is the question being answered by Chinese researchers who have traced the evolution of surnames across China. 1.28 billion people share 7,327 surnames
Playing cards, used for games and magic, are so familiar, yet we know remarkably little about the way we perceive and think about them. Are some cards more memorable than others? Are some easier to identify?
How Does the Film Industry Actually Make Money? [NY Times]
New York’s Monument to Gentrification: The High Line represents the high-water mark of the hipster aesthetic, which venerates poverty and decay as signifiers of authenticity.
Louis C.K. has taken ticket prices for his upcoming standup tour into his own hands, making all tickets available for a $45 flat rate exclusively through his website. Within the first 45 hours, 100,000 tickets were sold, generating $4.5 million.
Book apps for tablets like the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook record how many times readers open the app and how much time they spend reading. Retailers and some publishers are beginning to sift through the data, gaining unprecedented insight into how people engage with books.