What happened to Obama? "It wasn't just that the man who could be so eloquent had seemingly chosen not to be on this auspicious occasion. It was that there was a story the American people were waiting to hear - and needed to hear - but he didn't tell it."
Private robot armies and the future of war "The trajectory of drones and warbots is the same as computing in general - smaller, cheaper, more ubiquitous. In February, AeroVironment unveiled the prototype of a hummingbird-sized drone that can perch on a windowsill and peer in."
Call of the thylacine "Scientists said the small-mammal populations of Kakadu were in 'collapse,' and they placed the blame largely on cane toads and fire-control practices."
Secularism and its discontents (by James Wood) "In order for secularism to have a wide appeal, it will need to become a secular humanism that is more than 'blunt denial' but is as attuned to human need as religion has been, and as responsive to social injustice as the teachings of Jesus or Muhammad."
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