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.

How A Guy From A Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years Of Biology
Ed Yong, The Atlantic | Rethinking Lichens | July 23, 2016

Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms -- a fungus and an alga. They are wrong...

The Deadliest Terror Attack In SF History Happened 100 Years Ago Today
Katie Dowd, SFGate | 100 Years Ago: Terror Attack In SF | July 22, 2016

The bombing of Market Street is almost unknown today...

The Disturbing Reality Of Being A Jewish Reporter Covering Donald Trump
Alana Horowitz Satlin, The Huffington Post | Being A Jewish Reporter Covering Donald Trump | July 19, 2016

HuffPost staffers have received some vile, anti-Semitic messages...

Inside The Politico Break-Up
Luke Mullins, Washingtonian | Inside The Politico Break-Up | July 18, 2016

Inisde the conflict that broke up a Washington media juggernaut...

The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close
Wil S. Hylton, The New York Times Magazine | Chuck Close | July 17, 2016

The legendary artist has radically upended his distinctive style of portraiture -- and his entire life. Why?...

How A Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away From ISIS
Hanna Rosin, NPR | The Aarhus Model | July 16, 2016

Their program came to be known as the "Aarhus model"...

The Rise Of American Authoritarianism
Amanda Taub, Vox | American Authoritarianism | July 15, 2016

What's driving Donald Trump's ascent?...

So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings As Professors
Gina Kolata, The New York Times | A Surfeit of Scientists | July 14, 2016

Producing more research scientists than academia can handle...

You're Probably Throwing Away 'Expired' Food That's Totally Fine To Eat
Casey Williams, The Huffington Post | "Expired" Food | July 14, 2016

Up to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply goes uneaten..

Calvin & Hobbes & Trump
Andy McDonald, The Huffington Post | Calvin & Hobbes & Trump | July 12, 2016

Yes, there is a subreddit dedicated to injecting Trump into "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strips...