Apparently this is a thing…
An excerpt from a new book by Michael Moss on how the large food companies engineer their products to addict consumers.
The obvious comparison is the tobacco industry.
An obituary of John E. Karlin, who helped to develop the telephone keypad, which has obviously propagated much further. He also pioneered human factors engineering.
An article that discusses the current state of research into the effectiveness of placebos. I didn’t realise that researchers have a good idea on how to increase or decrease their effectiveness.
The Placebo Phenomenon [Harvard Magazine]
An article from the New Yorker on Apollo Robbins, supposedly the best pickpocket in the world.
Here’s a video of him in action:
A Pickpocket’s Tale: The spectacular thefts of Apollo Robbins [The New Yorker]
A great article (and photos) of the Freaks and Geeks reunion.
2 Good 2 Be 4Gotten: An Oral History of Freaks and Geeks [Vanity Fair]