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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.

DNA Deciphers Roots Of Modern Europeans
Carl Zimmer, The New York Times | Roots Of Modern Europeans | July 29, 2015

Two new studies indicate that today's Europeans descend from three groups who moved into Europe at different stages of history

Man Booker Prize 2015
Mark Brown, The Guardian | Man Booker Prize Longlist | July 29, 2015

An American literary agent known for his ruthless negotiating and memoirs recounting his struggles with crack-cocaine and alcohol, has made it on to the 2015 Man Booker longlist with his debut novel

Inside Rand Paul's Downward Spiral
Alex Isenstadt, Politico | Inside Rand Paul's Downward Spiral | July 28, 2015

He was once a serious contender for the White House. Now, his campaign is fighting over what went wrong...

Not Writing
Anne Boyer, Bookforum | Not Writing | July 24, 2015

I am not writing a novel...

Kepler Telescope Discovers A New Earth-Like Planet
Eliza Sanker-Gorton and Jacqueline Howard, The Huffington Post | A New Earth-Like Planet | July 23, 2015

An alien planet similar to Earth, named Kepler-452b, has been discovered in the 'habitable zone' of a sun-like star

The Half Earth Catalog
Phil Plait, Slate | The Half Earth Catalog | July 22, 2015

Our planet from 1.5 million kilometers up...

The Really Big One
Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker | The Really Big One | July 20, 2015

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when...

Unhealthy Fixation
William Saletan, Slate | The War Against Genetically Modified Organisms | July 20, 2015

The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer...

What Donald Trump Was Up To While John McCain Was A Prisoner Of War
Michael E. Miller and Fred Barbash, The Washington Post | What Donald Trump Was Up To | July 20, 2015

It was the spring of 1968, and Donald Trump had it good...

A Conversation With Ta-Nehisi Coates
Isaac Chotiner, Slate | Ta-Nehisi Coates Interview | July 14, 2015

The author of Between the World and Me discusses the Charleston shooting, the end of the Obama presidency, and why he never read To Kill a Mockingbird