Millions of readers can’t be wrong, so if you’re wondering what should be on your media diet, here’s a compilation of the most shared longform features that were published this week, from the web’s leading publishing outlets.
1. The Invisible Woman
     Published by pitchfork.com on 2015-01-22 at 20:30:03

A conversation with Björk about Vulnicura, her new—and confessional—album about her recent break-up with Matthew Barney.

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2. U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-20 at 20:30:10

“Easy care” sheep, crushed piglets, and starving calves. These are the products of a remote research center where scientists are trying to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry.

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3. Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?
     Published by www.businessweek.com on 2015-01-24 at 20:00:24

The U.S. is one of only two countries that don’t guarantee paid maternity leave. As a result, women across the country are rushing back to work after C-sections and losing their positions in order to take care of newborns.

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4. Revealing The Trauma Of War
     Published by National Georgraphic on 2015-01-16 at 23:15:09

Brain injuries caused by blast events change soldiers in ways many can’t articulate. Some use art therapy, creating painted masks to express how they feel. #

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5. "Food Is a Death Sentence to These Kids"
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-22 at 01:30:22

People with Prader-Willi syndrome, caused by a genetic defect, always feel as though they’re starving. How can you condition them to control their appetites when temptation is everywhere?

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6. Why Can’t The World’s Greatest Minds Solve The Mystery Of Consciousness?
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-22 at 00:29:30

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots. #

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7. What A Crowdsourced Message Sent Into Space Will Say About Us
     Published by Aeon on 2015-01-17 at 06:59:48

Our latest message to ET could be full of LOLcats and celebs. We should try to do better, or keep quiet altogether. #

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8. The Hunting of Billie Holiday
     Published by www.politico.com on 2015-01-21 at 01:30:24

How the singer became the target of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics' early, racially-motivated war on drugs. 

Excerpted from Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.

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9. The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle
     Published by www.spiegel.de on 2015-01-21 at 17:00:28

Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars—a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway.

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10. After The Paris Attacks: It’s Time For A New Enlightenment
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-21 at 06:59:10

We must move past the tired debate that pits the modern west against its backward other and recover the Enlightenment ideal of rigorous self-criticism. #

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