Weekend Reading (July 20-21, 2019)
Was Apollo 11 a Beginning or an End? Fifty years after man walked on the Moon, mankind is still stranded on Earth. That’s not the way it was supposed to be. By Eric Benson on The Texas Monthly Website.
Our Apollo-inspired dreams of living on the moon could still come true. As Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon 50 years ago, we imagined a future lunar life filled with wingsuits and tourist cruisers. By Eric Mack on The CNET Website.
The Hard Work of the 2020 Instagram Spouse. No selfies, no narpiness and bring on the bragging: The old rules for the political spouse are colliding with the new rules of social media. By Joanna Weiss on The Political Website
How sharing your DNA solves horrible crimes… and stirs a privacy debate. A technique that closes cold cases is raising questions. By Laura Hautala on The CNET Website.
In the Trump era, Sen. Susan Collins’s declaration as a New England moderate is challenged by Paul Kane on The Washington Post Website.
‘State capture’: the corruption investigation that has shaken South Africa. Gavin Watson was a hero of the struggle against apartheid. But this once-powerful businessman is now caught up in a sweeping inquiry that goes to the heart of how a nation is run. By Mark Gevisser on The Guardian Website.
The Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Questions swirled around John and Carolyn in the summer of 1999—about their marriage, their careers, their futures, and most of all, what led them to make the tragic choice to board John’s tiny airplane that foggy night in July. By Adrienne Gaffney on The Town and Country Website.
These young scientists will shape the next 50 years of Moon research. Half a century after Apollo, Nature profiles five researchers who are shaking up lunar exploration. By Alexandra Witze on The Nature Website.
The Trials of Being Autistic at an Autism Research Conference. The relationship between autism researchers and the community they serve is fraught — but it’s getting better. By Sara Luterman on The Undark Website.
Generalise, don’t specialise: why focusing too narrowly is bad for us. The 10,000-hour rule says intense, dedicated practice makes perfect – at that one thing. But what if breadth actually serves us better than depth? By David Epstein on The Guardian Website,
New Workers Of The World. A yearlong project to capture the voices of workers facing unprecedented global change. By Vauhini Vara on The Bloomberg Website.
The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike. Real-time data from the Apollo 11 astronauts, carefully monitored by Mission Control, capture the frenzied maneuvers that put men on the moon. By Marina Koren on The Atlantic Website.
How to build something that lasts 10,000 years. Alexander Rose and a team of engineers at The Long Now Foundation are building a clock in the Texan desert that will last for 10,000 years. He explains what he’s learnt about designing for extreme longevity. By Alexander Rose on The BBC Website.
Diane Keaton Doesn’t Believe She’s a Legend. The universally adored actress’s individuality can be matched only by her enthusiasm for collaging, so we turned her into a collectible. Cut out and keep! By Sarah Cristobal on The In Style Website.