Thursday, June 7th
Syria accused of new massacre "Syria's government was accused on Wednesday of carrying out a massacre in a small village near Hama, with an opposition group claiming 100 people, including many women and children, had been killed. The news looked certain to fuel a bitter debate about the increasingly bloody Syrian crisis."
Can we survive the new golden age of oil? "All in all, say increasingly mainstream projections, the world is moving into a period of petroleum abundance, and not the scarcity that most industry hands embraced just months ago."
Americans and the (relative) threat of terrorism "The number of U.S. citizens who died in terrorist attacks increased by two between 2010 and 2011; overall, a comparable number of Americans are crushed to death by their televisions or furniture each year."
The virtues of daydreaming "In a culture obsessed with efficiency, mind-wandering is often derided as useless - the kind of thinking we rely on when we don’t really want to think. In recent years, however, psychologists and neuroscientists have redeemed this mental state." (Jonah Lehrer)
Ray Bradbury, science fiction master, dies "By many estimations Mr. Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream. His name would appear near the top of any list of major science fiction writers of the 20th century."
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