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Your weekend reading: Damsels in distress, the sounds of pots in Istanbul, and more

Posted by: Thu-Huong Ha

Below, find some interesting and insightful pieces from around the web this week that have the TED staff intrigued:

Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issueJackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue

The second installment in the smart, darkly funny “Damsel in Distress” series, a three-part analysis of female tropes pervasive in video games. Contains game spoilers and violent images. [YouTube] You can also watch Part 1. We think Jackson’s Katz’s recent TED Talk about how to change the culture surrounding violence against women is especially relevant here.

This song shot in the streets of Istanbul is at turns funny, beautiful, heart-warming and absolutely devastating. [YouTube]

Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coralMargaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral

The world is on fire: Drones can now be controlled by mere thought. I guess it was inevitable. [New Scientist]

Can physics explain what is real? An eloquent examination of a fundamental question faced by physicists and philosophers alike. [Aeon magazine] For more from Margaret Wertheim, watch her talk from TED2009 »

Former NSA senior official Bill Binney blows the whistle on his old employer. [Guardian]