Reading For The Week Of November 17, 2019
Business and Finance
The Daredevil Unicorns: Why WeWork, Juul, and Uber Play With Fire. Lawless startups exploiting the seams of regulation are suddenly feeling the heat—and getting burned. By Steve LeVine on the Medium Website.
Faraday Cage: Can an electric car startup save itself from its founder? By Sean O’Kane on the Verge Website.
Can employee activism change Google? Revisiting the employee walkout one year later. One former employee says allegations of retaliation have been added to claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. By Delia Paunescu on the Vox Website.
Why do people hate vegans? It has left the beige-tinted margins and become social media’s most glamorous look. But why does veganism still provoke so much anger? By George Reynolds on the Guardian Website.
We Are Running Out of Air. One suffocating city is a harbinger of health crises around the world. By James Hamblin on the Atlantic Website.
Politics and Law
Science and Technology
50 years ago today, the internet was born in Room 3420. Here’s the story of the creation of ARPANET, the groundbreaking precursor to the internet—as told by the people who were there. By Mark Sullivan on the Fast Company Website.
This Science Vigilante Calls Out Bogus Results in Prestigious Journals. With pressure to “publish or perish,” some scientists fake their research results. Elisabeth Bik spends her days correcting them. By Gemma Milne on the One Zero Website.
The Modern NFL Has Never Seen a Draft Prospect Rise Like Joe Burrow. The LSU quarterback entered this season projected to be a fifth-round pick at best. Three months later, he’s being talked about as a top-10 selection. How did he get there? And what does his ascension say about the QB evaluation process? By Robert Mays on the Ringer Website.
Cornhole Is a Pro Sport Now. The American Cornhole League wants to turn a game that’s typically played with one hand holding a beer—and possibly named for an indecent part of the human body—into an international spectator sport. By Eric Barton on the Outside Website.
Seven Wonders of the World for 2019. Only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World remains. Here author Aaron Millar elects a new seven wonders every year: the most awe-inspiring places on the planet for star-gazing, wildlife spotting and astonishing panoramas. By Aaron Millar on the CN Traveler Website.
Tibet Is Still Burning. Over the past ten years, more than 160 Tibetans have committed self-immolation—the act of setting yourself on fire—to protest Chinese occupation of their country. Has this had any lasting effect? In an extraordinary journey to Dharamsala, India, the center of Tibetan culture in exile, a journalist and a scholar talk to family members about the meaning and costs of the ultimate political sacrifice. By Tracy Ross on the Outside Website.
The Balloon Boy Hoax—Solved! Ten years ago this month, the country was captivated by a bizarre spectacle in Fort Collins that was colloquially dubbed the Balloon Boy Hoax. Although Richard Heene, the so-called Balloon Boy’s father, pleaded guilty to charges related to the prank, it was never fully clear whether it was the scam that police made it out to be. For the first time, we reveal the true story. By Robert Sanchez on the 5280 Website.
Skinny Pot: Could Weight-Loss Weed Be Next? CBD has dominated the cannabis wellness market so far — but THCV could be the next contender. By Janelle Lassalle on the Rolling Stone Website.
My Time Inside a Group Where Men Confront Their Feelings. Each week, at an apartment in Brooklyn, a small collection of guys get together to sift through and discover some of their deepest feelings—their secret fears, their hidden desires, their private shortcomings—in the hope that they can become better men. It’s a messy, emotional, imperfect project that’s part of a growing movement of men reexamining the expectations of masculinity. And it has changed my life. By Benjy Hansen-Bundy on the GQ Website.
Inside the Haunted Hotels That Inspired ‘The Shining’. All of the hotels that inspired the iconic spots in the book and movie are still functioning and open for your haunted stay. By Joshua Mellin on the Daily Beast Website.