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Our Picks

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our top stories of the week, as chosen by the editorial team at Longreads.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: July 22, 2016
The Tween-Ruled App Turning Middle Schoolers Into Pop Stars
Millions of teens are on a social network most of us haven't heard of called Musical.ly, and some of them are gaining a massive following before they reach high school.
Source: Elle
Published: July 20, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3508 words)
We Are All Witnesses
Twenty months after Tamir Rice was killed in Cleveland, his mother is still grappling with how to grieve in private following her son’s public death.
Source: The Ringer
Published: July 21, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3833 words)
The Mystery of Carl Miller

What if your last name is just the word that comes after your first name?

Author: Sarah Miller
Source: Longreads
Published: July 21, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2438 words)
"One man’s signal is another man’s noise"

The story of the scientists who try to predict earthquakes - and why their quixotic quest might never succeed.

Author: Mark Harris
Source: Nautilus
Published: July 14, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3184 words)
The Unified Theory of Deliciousness
What makes a successful dish? Chef David Chang has a theory.
Author: David Chang
Source: Wired
Published: July 19, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3029 words)
Surviving the Long Haul
Women in the trucking industry are often subjected to harassment and assault, but have a difficult time getting justice after reporting incidents of abuse.
Author: Mary Pilon
Source: Mary Review
Published: July 11, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6279 words)
The Bicycle Problem That Nearly Broke Mathematics
For much of their existence, bicycles have largely remained unchanged. One group of engineers is exploring how it might be possible to build a better bike.
Source: Nature
Published: July 20, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3065 words)
Unattributed: A Reading List on Plagiarism
Here are six meaty reads on plagiarism: from deep dives into infamous recent cases to essays that question the very possibility of writing that isn’t, to some extent, an act of unattributed borrowing.
Author: Ben Huberman
Source: Longreads
Published: July 20, 2016
The Fake Factory That Pumped Out Real Money
One EPA engineer exposed a counterfeit biodiesel company in Texas, providing an interesting green-version of the classic swindle story, and evidence of how rich a field biofraud might be for con-artists.
Published: July 13, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3252 words)
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