What I Read today July 7, 2014

After a long hiatus, what I Read Today is back with the coolest fossil bird of the decade, a piece on the disgusting prevalence of Islamaphobia, and an inspiring lecture from a visionary data scientist.

Incredibly well-preserved, paper thin bones of long extinct Pelagornis sandersi reveal it to be the largest known flying bird ever discovered.

A comparison of an ancient giant bird to the largest living bird, and a collection of disturbing looking fossils.
Image credit: Liz Bradford


A thought-provoking piece by Heba Said, a Muslim American woman, about her experience at the GOP convention, and the terrible lack of empathy people showed when she reported on how she was treated at the convention.

 The chief data scientist of Salesforce, J.P. Rangaswami, discusses how incredible the future could be.