In short: An upworthy birthday, death in the 20th century

Posted by: Thu-Huong Ha

Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week:

Happy Birthday, Upworthy! Here are 11 lessons our friends at Upworthy learned in their first year on the Internet. [Upworthy]

Jay Horwitz, media relations director for the Mets, is the Barry Bonds of butt dialing. He frequently booty calls everyone in the MBA but everyone’s cool with it. []

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualizationDavid McCandless: The beauty of data visualization How did we die in the 20th century? A data visualization of causes of death, beautiful as always, by David McCandless. [Guardian] In case you missed it, watch McCandless’ talk from 2010.

Does robot uprising mean human downgrading? [Chronicle] Peep our playlist of robots at TED »

New details about the origin and contents of the universe, revealed by the most detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe. [Sci Tech Daily]

Are there too many cooks in the Cairo kitchen? [London Review of Books]

A delightful personal essay by Edward Jay Epstein, on getting an A in Nabokov’s class at Cornell (informally known as Dirty Lit). [NY Review of Books]

Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money?Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money? Ozgun Atasoy takes a look at the research Keith Chen presents in his TED Talk on how language correlates with your ability to save money. [Scientific American] Read more about Chen’s research »

Developments in science means better science-as-fashion. Right? [PopSci]

Digg, like so many of us, is bummed out that on July 1 Google is shutting down Google Reader. Help them build a new reader »

What psychologically separates the world’s WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic) countries from the rest? [Pacific Standard]

Susan Cain: The power of introvertsSusan Cain: The power of introverts Business Insider talks with Susan Cain about writing and giving her blockbuster TED Talk on the power of introverts. [Business Insider]

Successful trials for gene therapy that eliminates leukaemia in eight days. [New Scientist]

Everything is awesome starting now. Planking is dead. Long live hadoken-ing. [Imgur]