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In the News 17.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 17.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook

“To date, Pinterest’s users have created more than 750 million boards made up of more than 30 billion individual pins, with 54 million new ones added each day. During the 2013 holiday season Pinterest accounted for nearly a quarter of all social sharing activity. Among social networks, only Facebook, with its 1.3 billion users, drives more traffic to Web publishers.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Forbes

 


 

2. Detroit State of Mind

“Try telling someone you bought a vacation house in Detroit if you want to have fun watching a response. The words I fling, reinvention and transformation, creativity and spirit, grit and determination—all ideals that I crave for myself though they’re clichés I hesitate to use in Detroit—ripple across the surface of their comprehension but leave no wake. Even my closest friends didn’t understand until they experienced Detroit for themselves during a house-party weekend for my 40th birthday, and my mom worried until I brought her up for a visit; she’s now a cheerleader for the city, too.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Morning News

 


 

3. Diary: Ebola

“The Ebola virus is terrifying because it infects most of those who care for the afflicted and kills most of those who fall ill: at least, that’s the received wisdom. But it isn’t clear that the received wisdom is right. It’s true that many of those who have died were medical professionals. The 1976 epidemic, for example, started in a mission hospital where Belgian nuns worked as nurses alongside Congolese colleagues. But even then it was known that the virus could be transmitted as the result of a failure to follow the rules of modern infection control: the nurses reused needles and did not wear gloves, gowns or masks, which were all in short supply. Nor did the nurses, still less their patients, receive what in Brussels, Boston or Paris would count as modern medical care.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The London Library Review of Books

 


 

4. How Cosmetic Companies Get Away With Pseudoscienc

“In order to lend itself legitimacy in the absence of real information, the cosmeceutical industry has cleverly courted dermatologist-entrepreneurs, credentialed medical doctors who partner with beauty industry giants as paid consultants or clinical researchers. Some even create namesake product lines like Murad and Perricone MD. It’s an egregious conflict of interest, at odds with every medical code of ethics, as some within the field will attest.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Pacific Standard

 


5. Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?

“Fitness culture couldn’t have changed more significantly since the late ’60s. Back then, residents of my small Southern hometown would spot my father, an early jogger, and yell out of their car windows, “Keep running, hippie!” These days there aren’t that many joggers in my Los Angeles neighborhood, but every other block there’s another fitness center offering boot-camp classes or Brazilian jiujitsu, with people inside punching, kicking and yelling at one another like drill sergeants. Jim Fixx’s freewheeling running disciples have been replaced by packs of would-be Navy SEALs, sprinting up sandy hillsides with backpacks full of rocks strapped to their shoulders.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

[image : home of aerin lauder via living gazette]

 
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