Eye-opening Reuters investigation into the systematic feeding of antibiotics on farms

“Poultry producers began using antibiotics in the 1940s, not long after scientists discovered that penicillin, streptomycin and chlortetracycline helped control outbreaks of disease in chickens. The drugs offered an added benefit: They kept the birds’ digestive tracts healthy, and chickens were able to gain more weight without eating more food. Over the years, the industry’s use of antibiotics grew…” Image Credit

Brian Grow, P.J. Huffstutter and Michael Erman | Reuters

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The manhunt for the ‘Ghost Who Bombs’

The operation to catch India’s most wanted terrorist

““Sir, my source is sure, the information looks authentic, most of the details match. We have to take this chance, to pass it up would be suicidal,” he told him. “We have to go to Nepal, even if we are jailed [for it].” After a pause, the Joint Director replied: “You’re right. But you have to pose as tourists.” The Joint Director knew he was sticking his neck out, as were his men.” Image Credit

PR Ramesh | Open

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Sunshine Superman

On the documentary that charts the rise and fall of base jumping’s creator

“A day after setting that record, Carl jumped again from a different point on Troll Peaks, which had previously been determined to be too dangerous to attempt. And after making that decision, unfortunately, he met his match. Carl died at 43 years old in Norway, and left behind Jean, as well as a treasure trove of 16mm footage. Thirty years later, Marah Strauch completed a feature-length documentary on Carl and Jean…” Image Credit

Patrick McGuire | Vice

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Don’t like that Israel has the bomb? Blame Nixon.

The new documents that reveal how Nixon ‘looked the other way’

“The State Department, with some dissent by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, favored a “graduated approach,” by which the United States would begin with “essentially persuasive tactics but maintain the flexibility to move to tougher policies depending on Israel’s response.” Thus, if the Israelis were “unresponsive,” the report said, Washington could “make it clear” that Israel’s pursuit of nuclear weapons will impose a “major strain” on the relationship…” Image Credit

Avner Cohen and William Burr | Foreign Policy

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The memory of hell among the sunflowers

The lasting impact of reporting from the scene of MH17

“”If you’d come here before, I would have said to go down that road. There’s the most beautiful fishing lake down there – we’d go swimming with the kids,” he says. There’s a large wooden cross next to his house, and Alex – who’s a devout Christian – mumbles something about Jesus having spared the hamlet. But he’s less clear as to why the divine powers sanctioned the slaughter of 298 innocents here.” Image Credit

Darius Bazargan | BBC News Magazine

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Is it a crime to raise a killer?

Where exactly does parental responsibility begin and end?

“In that time her parents have learned that the stages of grief now include another step — finding someone to blame. It’s a stage well known to parents wrenched by a particular kind of loss, a kind arguably more common and certainly more public of late — losing children at the hands of other children. And it is raising questions with few answers in the existing legal system.” Image Credit

Lisa Belkin | Yahoo News

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Whoever saves a life

Inside the world of Syria’s first responders

“The team waited for the second bomb to fall away — the helos usually carried two — and then jumped in the truck and rattled out toward the bomb site. Their wheel man, Abu Sabet, a mournful-faced older taxi driver, had worked big rigs before the war. He had an artful command of the little truck, whipping it nimbly through the rubble-filled streets. The bomb had fallen in a sparsely built neighborhood…” Image Credit

Matthieu Aikins | Matter

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My year in the NRA

Following the Sandy Hook massacre, Rob Cox joined the NRA to find out how it works

“In many ways, it felt like just another trade show, apart from the occasional snarky asides from fellow conferees (“Obama’s done more for gun sales than anybody”)…Friends whose only knowledge of the NRA is derived from LaPierre’s televised tirades warned me to be careful, as if I were a black man heading to a Klan rally. In reality, fellow attendees were welcoming and, for the record, not entirely white.” Image Credit

Rob Cox | BuzzFeed

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Life amid the rubble

Multimedia feature on four residents of Shejaiya, Gaza, and their lives amid the aftermath of war

“Israel told the 80,000 residents to leave before it targeted the area. However, many did not believe the assault would be so serious and remained in their homes. On the night of Saturday 19 July, Shejaiya was pounded with heavy artillery, mortars and air strikes sending up columns of thick, black smoke. Within 24 hours, dozens of Palestinians and at least 13 Israeli soldiers were killed.” Image Credit

Yolande Knell | BBC

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Should we all take a bit of lithium?

How lithium in our water supply could help prevent suicides

“Researchers began to ask whether low levels of lithium might correlate with poor behavioral outcomes in humans. In 1990, a study was published looking at 27 Texas counties with a variety of lithium levels in their water. The authors discovered that people whose water had the least amount of lithium had significantly greater levels of suicide, homicide and rape than the people whose water had the higher levels of lithium.” Image Credit

Anna Fels | The New York Times

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