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Tim Urban, who published an in-depth four-part series on Elon Musk in 2015, got the inside scoop on SpaceX’s new rocket. In addition to being extremely informative, the article has all the stick figures, videos and conceptual images you could ever hope for.
Through its use of civil forfeiture, the Chicago Police Department has collected almost $72 million in cash and assets since 2009. As the money comes in, it’s split amongst various state entities, though the CPD holds on to most of it. This investigative piece from the Chicago Reader attempts to discover how that money gets spent behind closed doors.
In many corners of the world, the importance of a hat can be taken for granted. That, however, is not the case in Panama, where sombreros pintados are not only a representation of one’s mood, but also “a symbol of victory over foreign influence.”
This California Sunday Magazine piece does not focus on words, but rather on sounds. Specifically, it looks at the auditory effects that foley artists create for the shows and movies we watch every day. Click through the images and see if you can match the noises with their onscreen actions.