Why bikes make smart people say dumb things

If you’re a typical American, your first experience of speeding was while strapped into a car seat, and you rode past half a dozen fatal accident scenes before speaking your first complete sentence. A lifetime of exposure has convinced us to normalize, dismiss or ignore most traffic violations, to the point where we routinely exceed the speed limit despite the knowledge that speeding causes more than 30% of all traffic fatalities.

The full article is well worth the read.

Tourism, Construction and an Ongoing Nuclear Crisis at Chernobyl

Two very interesting articles fron Newsweek on the current Chernobyl situation:

The place remains a half-opened tinderbox of potential nuclear horrors, and just because much of the world has forgotten about Chernobyl doesn't mean catastrophe won't visit here again.

From the first article.

It’s almost like everyone agreed to play an incredibly dangerous game that, after half a century, suddenly seemed pointless and even boring. When it was over, the players dropped their toys and went home.

From The Massive Russian Radar Site in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Life at an Incredible Height

Alicja Dobrucka photographs poorly regulated new condo constructions in Mumbai juxtaposed with their advertising slogans.

More at The Morning News

What Do Teen Girls and Middle-Aged Dudes Have in Common?

I actually have this theory that I’ve never written up: that teenage girls and middle-aged men are the source of the best modern television. They’re both emotionally labile figures going through a period of identity formation. They’re angry and horny and they bridle at the dullness of social conformity. They’re unnerved by the way their bodies are changing. They feel like the world is ending

More at The Cut

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

Researchers say humans are developing brains focused on skimming over information online instead of the traditional deep reading.

After a day of scrolling through the Web and hundreds of e-mails, she sat down one evening to read Hermann Hesse’s “The Glass Bead Game.” “I’m not kidding: I couldn’t do it,” she said. “It was torture getting through the first page. I couldn’t force myself to slow down so that I wasn’t skimming, picking out key words, organizing my eye movements to generate the most information at the highest speed. I was so disgusted with myself.”

I've noticed this happening to myself sometimes, it scares me and I force myself to breathe and read again.

The whole article is worth reading, try not skipping any paragraphs.