Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

10 Words Technology Borrowed From Nature
Sue Thomas, Orion Magazine | Borrowed Tech Words | October 9, 2015

10 words technology borrowed from nature...

Meet The Right-Wing Rebels Who Overthrew John Boehner
Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone | The House Freedom Caucus | October 6, 2015

The House Freedom Caucus is an ideological and uncompromising band of anti-government radicals. And they're just getting started...

The Path Not Taken
Yochi Dreazen, The Boston Globe | The Invisible Front | October 6, 2015

A war correspondent's struggle with PTSD...

The Birth Of Race-Based Slavery
Peter H. Wood | America's Slave Economy | October 5, 2015

Like most huge changes, the imposition of hereditary race slavery was gradual...

The Crash Of Trump Air
Barbara Peterson, The Daily Beast | Trump Air | October 4, 2015

The real story behind The Donald's brief and bizarre career as an airline chieftain...

The Reign Of Recycling
John Tierney, The New York Times | The Reign Of Recycling | October 4, 2015

You probably assume that recycling is helping your community and protecting the environment. But is it?...

Realtime Eclipse Gallery
Spaceweather | Supermoon Eclipse Pix | October 3, 2015

Images of last week's supermoon eclipse...

The Week In Toons
Politico | The Week In Toons | October 2, 2015

The nation's cartoonists take on the week in politics...

One Fish Stands Watch While Another Eats
Sindya N. Bhando, The New York Times | Rabbitfish Teamwork | October 2, 2015

Rabbitfish help one another in a way that had been observed only in mammals and highly social birds...

Artists In Conversation
Monica de la Torre, Bomb | Nicole Eisenman and David Humphrey | October 1, 2015

"People will say to me that it looks like I can do whatever I want in my paintings..."