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CURATIOMAGAZINE

August 24, 2016
6 MINUTE READ

Don’t Get Sick In July

Every July 1, newly graduated medical students begin their residencies while the most senior residents take on new roles as fully qualified physicians. In lockstep with the medical school calendar, the junior-level staffs at 20% of American hospitals are entirely disrupted…

Alex Mayyasi, priceonomics.com

12 MINUTE READ

Discovering The MiG-29

Let’s face it: Soviet jets are ugly, and MiGs are some of the worst offenders. The Vietnam-era MiG-17 and MiG-19 represented a utilitarian tube-with-wings-on-it trend; they were followed by the deadly MiG-21, a rational sculpture of angles and cone. This one is different…

John Sotham, airspacemag.com

3 MINUTE READ

Lobster Pricing

As with many luxury goods, expense is closely linked to enjoyment. Studies have shown that people prefer inexpensive wines in blind taste tests, but that they actually get more pleasure from drinking wine they are told is expensive. If lobster were priced like chicken, we might enjoy it less…

James Surowiecki, newyorker.com

3 MINUTE READ

J.J.’s Mystery Box

Five years ago, Lost creator J.J. Abrams gave a now-famous speech at TED Talks that summarized his entire approach to storytelling. In a childhood trip to Lou Tannen’s Magic Store, Abrams bought a «mystery magic box» – a box that has always remained a mystery…

Scott Meslow, theweek.com

5 MINUTE READ

Historic Uses Of Urine

A quick look back in history shows that urine has always been important to industrial advancement, so much so that the ancient Romans not only sold pee collected from public urinals, but those who traded in urine had to pay a tax. So what about pee did preindustrial humans find so valuable?

Mohi Kumar, smithsonianmag.com

August 23, 2016
10 MINUTE READ

Hollywood’s Favorite Cult

Times are hard for the Church of Scientology, the cult founded by sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1950. The organization – once shrouded in Hollywood glamor, feared by reporters, and powerful enough to face down the Internal Revenue Service and win – suddenly looks vulnerable…

Jon Anderson, jacobinmag.com

4 MINUTE READ

A Living Fossil

Zenkerella insignis, a critter caught on Bioko, is one of the world’s most ancient and mysterious mammals. Until now, it was known only by its fossils and 11 scattered specimens, many of which had been languishing in natural history collections for over 100 years…

Sarah Kaplan, washingtonpost.com

11 MINUTE READ

How To Start A Cult

What if I told you that you could solve all of your life’s problems and live a life full of abundance and freedom while surrounded by adoring friends and loved ones? What if I told you it was easy and you could even get started right now? Does that sound too good to be true?

Mark Manson, markmanson.net

10 MINUTE READ

Dreams Against Freud

When Sigmund Freud published «The Interpretation of Dreams», the science world swooned over his theory of the unconscious. But Santiago Ramón y Cajal, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering neurons and, more remarkably, intuiting the form and function of synapses, set out to prove Freud wrong…

Ben Ehrlich, nautil.us

1 MINUTE READ

The Interim Strategy

All the great organizations I can think of started as great organizations. Tiny, perhaps, but great. Life is what happens while we’re busy making plans. The interim is forever, so perhaps it makes sense to make act in the interim as we expect to act in the long haul…

Seth Godin, typepad.com

5 MINUTE READ

The Judgemental Therapist

Good God, £170 an hour, for a therapy which, as far as I’m aware, has no clinical evidence for it. «It’s cutting edge – we’re about ten years behind California,» she said. «Ten years behind California» are words no therapist should ever utter. So off I went…

Jules Evans, philosophyforlife.org

2 MINUTE READ

Apple’s First Font

It was square, squat, and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I’m talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I’m also talking about the font that came with it. It was the typeface Chicago that spelled out «Welcome to Macintosh»…

Alissa Walker, gizmodo.com

3 MINUTE READ

Stock Picking Is Over

Charles Ellis argues that «active» fund managers are engaged in an arms race resulting in a kind of mutually assured destruction of outperformance. The faster and smarter each manager becomes, the more efficient the market gets and the harder it is for any manager to beat it…

Jason Zweig, wsj.com

3 MINUTE READ

Quantity For Quality

A ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right side solely on its quality…

Sasha Dichter, wordpress.com

2 MINUTE READ

The Singing Brain

Science has been hard at work trying to explain why it has such a calming yet energizing effect on people. What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits…

Stacy Horn, time.com

2 MINUTE READ

Brands In Translation

For the world’s top-earning companies, their brand name being at the forefront of the consumers’ minds is everything. In China, foreign brands are in a unique situation trying to propel their brand and name in the new market, all while toying with a different language – and different laws…

Michelle FlorCruz, ibtimes.com