Children are more likely than ever to draw a woman when asked to draw a scientist.
An American went from sea level to the summit of Everest twice in 24 hours, on a single Montana ski trail.
A woman struggling to write a novel becomes writer-in-residence at her local tire shop.

As Wylie describes it, he was the gay Canadian vegan who somehow ended up creating “Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare mindfuck tool.”

Reporter Carole Cadwalladr explains her connection to Christopher Wylie and how the Cambridge Analytica story broke.

↩︎ The Guardian

Haven’t you wondered why articles about robots putting us all out of work are so popular during a time of full employment?

We now have our first death-by-driverless-car. Will we ever feel in control again?

↩︎ Bloomberg
A former CIA analyst briefly explains what it was like to watch the case for invading Iraq play out.
Facebook is building a 59-acre company town, complete with shops, apartments, even funding for opposition groups.
A round-up of Facebook's terrible, horrible, no good 24 hours—facing whistleblowers, scandal, and regulation.
A recent photograph of Earth's overlord and his terrifying robotic dog.
Trump's all-caps embrace of Putin should lower everyone's expectations for his summit with Kim Jong Un.

"A couple people I knew came through the jail, and they say they got meat maybe once a month, and every other day, it was just beans and vegetables."

In Alabama, it’s perfectly legal for sheriffs to take money earmarked to feed jail inmates and buy a beach house.

↩︎ The Two-Way
Trump doesn't have a conscious intent to vandalize liberal democracy—he doesn’t even understand what it is.
A profile of Internet activist Lyudmila Savchuk, who spent two months working undercover at Russia's troll factory.

The first supersonic transport to ever fly was actually Soviet-built, and not without problems.

Getting the TU-144 built before the Concorde (and therefore proving Soviet superiority to the world) was allegedly a high priority for the Soviets. The plane was developed under a tight schedule and relied on a few less advanced aviation technologies. The TU-144 suffered three known crashes, the most famous being at the 1973 Paris Air Show (there are conflicting theories on the cause of the 1973 crash).  In regular passenger service, the TU-144 proved unreliable. Only one flight a week was permitted on a single route between Moscow and Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is rumoured that Soviet leaders were nervous about the 144's airworthiness and ordered it's chief designer Alexei Tupolev to personally inspect every 144. 

Masha Gessen: Russian voters were only given bad options this weekend, robbed of all meaning and hope.
Joan Baez only owns three shirts.
Late to this one, but still fun: the color "glaucous" is both epic and underappreciated.

Homer’s poem... was a crowd-sourced database of generations of knowledge, customs, set pieces, and legends. To love the poem is to change it.

In praise of Emily Wilson’s new translation of the Odyssey and her “quietly revolutionary” Twitter presence.

↩︎ The New Yorker
Photographs of the "caves and cellars" where Britain hid its most precious paintings during WWII.