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Why bats spread Ebola, remembering Robin Williams, and inside the Islamic State.
Aug 13th 2014, 1:15 PM 11,107 4

LOOKING FOR SOME articles and videos to help break up the afternoon, but only have 10 minutes to spare?

Try these nuggets for size – all take 10 minutes or less to enjoy.

1. Life in the Islamic State

Vice has produced a series of videos about the Islamic State, and embedded a reporter with them to show what really goes on inside the group. Here’s part one [VICE - 9 mins]

Source: VICE News/YouTube

2. RIP Robin

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It was tragic to hear on Monday evening that Robin Williams had died. In a remarkably frank interview in 2010, he spoke to Decca Aitkenhead about his struggles with drugs and alcohol. [The Guardian - 10 mins]

3. Bats and disease

Why do bats transmit so many diseases like Ebola? This informative video is very timely. It’s not all bats’ fault, it appears… [YouTube - 3mins]

Source: MinuteEarth/YouTube

4. Family history

Ron Butlin left home at 16, followed a few years later by his sister, who was pregnant and aged 16. Later in life, he was told his mother’s tragic story of finding herself pregnant after a relationship with a married man, at a time when her choices were few. [The Guardian - 7 mins]

The little we had been told by our mother about our past was illustrated by the occasional curled-up photograph that served merely to confuse. “This was when I went to Canada,” she once announced, showing us a photo of herself, wrapped up in a coat and scarf, on board a large ocean liner. Had she had been travelling alone? No further details were offered. Then there was the snap of me held by a nurse, in a large sunlit garden with a children’s slide in the background. Again no details.

5. Lessons from Robin

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You don’t mind another Robin Williams post, do you? We didn’t think so. Here are lessons learned from the characters he played over the years. [Buzzfeed - 3 mins]

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