What We’re Reading April 5, 2013

The week got off to a great start with April Fools’ Day stories. We’re including two of our favorites. We also shared an interactive Scale of the Universe, and a story speculating that applause was an early form of mass media. Another story, on a subject near and dear to our hearts, reflects on nature’s ability to reset our minds and bodies.

Here are two of our favorite April Fools’ Day stories:

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Here’s an interactive Scale of the Universe. It begins with quantum foam and ends with the whole shebang. See how much and how little of it all we can actually take in.

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Megan Garber asks if applause was an early form of mass media, connecting people to each other and to their leaders, instantly and visually and, of course, audibly.