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Your weekend reading: The purpose of life, an excellent mushroom timelapse

Posted by: Thu-Huong Ha

Interesting, informative, bizarre. Here’s a round-up of interwebs reading from the past few weeks:

Mushrooms are not at the top of my favorite foods list but, above, see why they are now at the top of my favorite things to watch a timelapse video of.  Shot by cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg (watch his TED Talks) and starring mushroom enthusiast Paul Stamets. [io9]

Nobody expects atoms and molecules to have a purpose, so why do we still treat living beings like they do? [Aeon]

Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the worldPaul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

The first in a series of satirical articles about the U.S. written with the type of language that American journalists usually use to cover foreign countries. [Global post]

Since Guantanamo Bay started receiving captives, only three artists have been allowed to visit. Here are drawings from the latest visit. [Paris Review]

Naked mole rats are really, really weird for a lot of reasons. And apparently they don’t get cancer. [National Geographic]

Ben Goldacre: What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribeBen Goldacre: What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe

When it comes to science, why is it so hard to correct the record? [National Geographic]

An in-depth look at the most often cited fertility statistics show they are misleading and based on outdated information. [The Atlantic]

A neuroscientist says human head transplants are now possible. [Quartz]