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Weekend reading list – week of November 20, 2017

November 24, 2017

Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of November 20th 2017.

Dust off your Vans!
Considered a must for skateboarders in the 1990s, Vans nonetheless failed to win over regular consumers and by the turn of the century, the brand had faded. With rubber platform soles and a retro style that’s barely changed since they were first introduced, the Vans sneaker has made a big comeback. So what happened?
Read it on Esquire Pocket

The superhero life
Superheroes are invincible in the comics… and now in real life too! In the last ten years, the cinema has been flooded with dozens of superhero movies, from Wonder Woman to Wolverine, some of which far out-earned more human movies. Are all the superhero movies really that good (meh) or are we just obsessed with characters possessing superpowers?
Read it on The Ringer Pocket

Hacking our tastebuds
Many people hate oysters for the slimy texture and briny flavour. However, it seems as if that dislike of mollusks may be more than just a physical aversion. According to Chef Jozef Youssef and his research partners, memory and awareness are some of the “mental” factors that shape your food preferences. In his Kitchen Theory studio, Chef Youssef uses psychology to “hack” the tastebuds of his guests.
Read it on 1843 Magazine Pocket

❤️️ The battle of the dating apps ❤️️
Only 28 years old, Whitney Wolfe Herd has already built an impressive tech career. Co-founder and marketing VP at Tinder, she left the company in 2014 due to sexual harassment. Her sweet revenge? Bumble, a dating app developed as an antidote to the toxic culture at Tinder, is designed around the woman’s experience and is enjoying a 70% annual growth rate. What is Herd’s magic touch?
Read it on Forbes Pocket

Will robots save the world?
Robots: a science-fiction staple or a solution to replacing endangered species? According to the Dutch institute Transnatural, robot replicas may, in fact, be able to save the environment. The Robotanica project is bringing together scientists, artists and designers to build artificial animals capable of interacting with real wildlife.
Read it on L’adn (In French) Pocket

In your earbuds: Chosen Family
Comedians Thomas Leblanc and Tranna Wintour, in partnership with Centre Phi, present Chosen Family, a podcast that comes out twice a month. Each episode shines a light on the importance of friendship, resistance and community through storytelling, cultural commentary and discussions about current affairs.

This week’s favourite thing
The Bec Boutique is back for the holidays! When you buy one of the many available items, graciously provided by generous donors, you will not only be getting a great holiday gift at an unbeatable price—you’ll also be supporting the Bénévolat d’entraide aux communicateurs (BEC). Making loved ones happy and donating to a good cause, that’s the true holiday spirit.

Image from Vans