This week — giraffes, shipwreck exploration, the Millennium Dome, and modelling the spread of infectious diseases.
If you only read one thing — Wired on the Cold War is worth the time.
The Secret History of a Cold War Mastermind | Wired | Life
A great story about a master player in the "murky intersection of spycraft, politics, and war" during the Cold War, and whether his biggest operation was a "monkey wrench or a major event?"
Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” | The Washington Post | Society
A data story modelling the potential impact of different responses to infectious diseases, using a fictitious disease 'simulitis' for illustrative purposes.
The Last Giraffes on Earth | The Atlantic | Science
A look at how giraffes in the wild are under threat.
The Drone Boat of 'Shipwreck Alley' | The Verge | Technology
A self-driving boat is helping with the discovery and exploration of shipwrecks.
Was the Millennium Dome really so bad? The inside story of a (not so) total disaster | The Guardian | Society
The inside story of an often reviled, yet somehow enduring British infrastructure project - the Millennium Dome.
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