Tal’s latest longreads

Guess What’s Cooking in the Garage
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-05/guess-whats-cooking-garage?single-page-view=true

What Facebook Knows
The company’s social scientists are hunting for insights about human behavior.
http://www.technologyreview.com/featured-story/428150/what-facebook-knows/

Welcome to America, Please Be On Time
What guide books tell foreign visitors to the U.S.
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/06/welcome-to-america-please-be-on-time-what-guide-books-tell-foreign-visitors-to-the-us/257993/

The Cult of Smartness
How Meritocracy Is Failing America
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/06/why-our-elites-are-failing-us-and-how-to-fix-it/258492/#

The Many Pivots Of Justin.tv
How a livecam show became home to video gaming superstars
http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/167/justin-kan-justin.tv

Letter to Emily White at NPR: All Songs Considered
A professional musician calls for a rethinking of how we value (and pay) artists in the digital era.
http://thetrichordist.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/letter-to-emily-white-at-npr-all-songs-considered/

How Many Stephen Colberts Are There?
There used to be just two Stephen Colberts, and they were hard enough to distinguish. The main difference was that one thought the other was an idiot.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/stephen-colbert.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

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