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The Best Articles of the Week – 05/06/16

Food for Thought:

  1. TheAtlantic – How Warren Buffett’s Son Would Feed the World – Credit DH – Howard G. Buffett has spent most of his life as a farmer, with little financial support from his father—until recently. Now he runs a multibillion-dollar foundation dedicated to ending global hunger.
  2. Slate – If You Are What You Eat, America Is Allrecipes.  The nation’s most popular recipe site reveals the enormous gap between foodie culture and what people actually cook.
  3. TA – Opting Out of Coastal Madness to Live a Low-Overhead Life & BB – Parents Are Bankrupting Themselves to Look Adequate.  Following up on the Atlantic’s seminal piece, The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans, two more pieces looking at the question of lifestyle vs. living life.
  4. NYT – Letting Stephen Colbert Be Stephen Colbert (Whoever That Is)
  5. HBR – Learn to Love Networking
Business/Economics:

  1. WSJ – Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer.  Sales of tables rise and fall with the startups that love them.
  2. Racked – Online Browsing Is the New Impulse Buy
  3. TSH – Why Startup Mattresses Cost Less
  4. WSJ – GM, Lyft to Test Self-Driving Electric Taxis.  Move aimed at fighting off Silicon Valley giants amid a reshaping auto industry.
  5. Stratechery – Everything as a Service
Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. WSJ – Videogamers Are Recruited to Fight Tuberculosis and Other Ills. Crowdsourcing research efforts already analyze proteins, test tumors and investigate genetic diseases.
  2. NYP – Guy who doesn’t know what he’s doing builds working hoverbike
  3. NYT – The Science of FatAfter ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight.  Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.
  4. WSJ – The Art of Larry Gagosian’s Empire.  The famously bullish art dealer built an empire spanning 16 locations around the globe by never saying no to his artists’ ambitions. With an estimated $1 billion in annual sales, does Larry Gagosian have anything to conquer?
  5. Fortune – Can Sean Parker Hack Cancer?  The Napster and Facebook pioneer takes on medicine’s biggest challenge.

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