Despite all my years of studying brain disorders, for the first time in my life I realize how profoundly unsettling it is to have a brain that does not function.

After brain cancer affected her behavior, a neuroscientist comprehends mental illness in new ways.

↩︎ Quartz
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A drug ring tried to transport meth disguised as Aztec calendars and statues.
The soothing geometry of farmland, captured in aerial photos.
Internists are to Hercule Poirot as surgeons are to Sherlock Holmes.
A sortable database of paper airplane designs, with folding instructions.
Tom Scocca: We plan our families without regard to the one fact we refuse to discuss: We're gong to die, sooner rather than later.
The Houston Chronicle, which recommended Ted Cruz in 2012, endorses Beto O'Rourke for US Senate.

I waded into the water and it was very soft on my skin and refreshing, a little bit cool but not too cold... Daddy was begging me to rush so he could watch the World Cup final, but I like to take my time about things so I ignored him.

The eight-year-old Swedish girl who pulled an ancient sword from a lake writes about the experience, and she is amazing.

↩︎ The Guardian
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The 19th-century maps of Emma Willard—possibly the first American female cartographer—charted Native Americans' dispossession.
The founder of a company that ships abortion-inducement medication to your home launches a new service that delivers to the US.
US Fish and Wildlife tells staff to be less transparent in FOIA responses, in order to avoid fueling endangered species lawsuits.

It’s coming from the same place. Some kind of dog-whistle or some shit. Like, “Can we make it more authentic?” I’m often accused of not being “authentic” enough, and people don’t even realize how vile of a thing that is to say.

Open Mike Eagle on the enduring realities of Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle and the marginalization of black actors.

↩︎ Vulture
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The Guardian's experiment in memberships is working: It now gets more revenue from readers than from advertisers.
Fake Murder She Wrote title cards.
Twenty percent of DC-area construction workers are in an immigration program Trump wants to end.
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For example, if it is desired to make a record to guide the driver from Chevy Chase to the Treasury Department, the record among other things would contain the directions ‘U street turn to the left.’ 

From a 1916 patent for a phonograph in your car to play audio recordings to help you navigate.

↩︎ Futility Closet
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The south-western Chinese city of Chengdu plans to launch an illumination satellite, or fake moon, in 2020.
A set of revolving bookcases turn a Paris office into an art gallery.