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Speed Reads
Speed Reads
Around the Web in 5 Clicks

A collection of stories worth taking the time to read this Sunday.

Speed Reads
Around the Web in 6 Clicks

Happy New Year from the AI staff! Here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

1. MOOCs as sporting events.

2. Jobs of the future…or something.

3. A dangerous provocation.

4. Avoiding the picnic-table crisis.

5. Cigars go up in smoke.

6. New Year’s resolution: Stop lying to pollsters.

And, as always, readers are encouraged to let us know what you’re reading.

Speed Reads
Around the Web in 5 Clicks

We have been playing around with the idea of doing a semi-regular link aggregation feature for the site—highlighting articles that are either relevant to themes we regularly cover, or interesting, or just plain amusing to us, but that also don’t require much extra commentary. Here’s our first attempt as we wind down for Chirstmas:

1. Coming soon: clinical trials on the fountain of youth.

2. “Run, she is trying to kill you.”

3. Pope Francis the Radical?

4. What could possibly go wrong…

5. Pakistan’s persecuted Christians.

Readers are encouraged to share their own links in the comments, with our standard decency rules applying: if you wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing the link with Grandma Mead, please don’t bother sharing it with the community here. Let us know what you’re reading.

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Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Reefer Madness

Is it Gary Johnson’s world? Not necessarily.


Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin thinks Moscow can add 4 million barrels per day in the coming years.

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