Welcome to this week’s Reading List, where you’ll find the best science and technology stories on the internet assembled in one delightful package. This week, we’re all about earthquakes, aging and Instagramming dangerous wild animals.
- On December 3rd, 1990, a massive earthquake was supposed to shake Missouri and the American midwest. It didn’t, but brought some attention to the risks that such a quake could pose. [Buzzfeed]
- While Instagram and mobile phones have been a boon for national parks, there’s a growing wariness with so-called ‘Instagram Hikers’. [NY Mag]
- By 2050, 400 million people across the planet will be over the age of 80, and accompanying that number will be a massive growth in memory impairments. Will Stem cells be able to help? [Aeon]
- When tragedy strikes, we change our profile pictures. Why? [New Yorker]
- To combat Ebola, Liberians resorted to extreme measures when it came to disposing of the bodies. Now, the individuals who were responsible for cremating the bodies have been stigmatised. [New York Times]
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