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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.

It Took My Two Hours To Get My Hands On An AK-47
Eric Rodriguez, The Guardian | It Took Me Two Hours | October 10, 2015

I wondered if people planning mass shootings found it just as easy to get their hands on illegal weapons on the black market...

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...