There’s a lot of Ebola stuff on here, sorry about that.
- What If You Just Don’t Know If You Want Kids? Many women are certain they want kids someday. A smaller number are positive they don’t. But there’s another group that isn’t the subject of many hand-wringing studies or best-selling books: the ambivalent. The ones who vacillate between “I don’t feel compelled to have children” and “What if I regret not having had children?” (New York Magazine)
- Hell in the Hot Zone: As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the virus’s path—and the psychological contagion that is still feeding the worst Ebola outbreak in history. (Vanity Fair)
- ESPN Columnist Bill Simmons Suspended After Slamming NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: In expletive-laced comments, Simmons called Goodell a liar, then challenged ESPN to censure him. (Buzzfeed) Note: From the comments: “For those keeping track, that’s a longer suspension than Goodell initially gave Ray Rice for beating his wife”
- Why Don’t We Treat Teeth Like the Rest of Our Bodies? Dental care is excluded from most insurance plans for a bizarre and antiquated reason, and millions of people suffer as a result. (Atlantic) Note: I do go to the dentist regularly, but it took me a long time before I did. Thanks, mom and dad, for convincing me to go.
- Infectious disease: Ebola’s lost ward A hospital in Sierra Leone has struggled to continue its research amid the worst Ebola outbreak in history. (Nature)
- Misogyny Is Not Human Nature: Online spaces shouldn’t be dominated by bitter baboons. (Slate)
- Forget GMOs. The Future of Food Is Data—Mountains of It: Inside a squat building on San Francisco’s 10th Street, packed into a space that looks a lot like a high school chem lab, Hampton Creek is redesigning the food you eat. Mixing and matching proteins found in the world’s plants, the tiny startup already has created a reasonable facsimile of the chicken egg—an imitation of the morning staple that’s significantly cheaper, safer, and possibly healthier than the real thing—and now it’s working to overhaul other foods in much the same way. (Wired)
- What It’s Like To Use North Korea’s Internet: Even the country’s 2 million mobile phone subscribers can’t see outside the borders of Kwangmyong and Koryolink 3G. (Fast Company/Co.Labs)
- Absolutely everything you need to know to understand 4chan, the Internet’s own bogeyman: 4chan, that most elusive of Internet beasts, has seen a whole lot of press lately — little of it good. (Washington Post)
- Why India’s Mars mission is so cheap – and thrilling: India’s space programme has succeeded at the first attempt where others have failed – by sending an operational mission to Mars. (BBC) Related: ‘Namaste’, ‘Howdy’: Mangalyaan, Curiosity Rover engage in space talk (Times of India)
- When Your Prey’s in a Hole and You Don’t Have a Pole, Use a Moray (NatGeo) Note: Points to whoever can name the song they’ve sung the title of this article to.