The Week’s Best Longreads for February 22, 2013

From the chilling science of addictive junk food to the France’s amusing war over the actor Gérard Depardieu, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

02.23.13 9:45 AM ET

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
Michael Moss, The New York Times Magazine

Inside the hyperengineered, savagely marketed, addiction-creating battle for American “stomach share.”

Lauren Collins, The New Yorker

Gérard Depardieu and France part ways.

Bitter Pill
Steven Brill, Time

Why medical bills are killing us.

The Evolution of Irregular War
Max Boot, Foreign Affairs

Pundits tend to treat terrorism and guerrilla tactics as something new, but nothing could be further from the truth.

The Man Who Fell to Earth
Michael Hall, Texas Monthly

Once a beloved world champion, Lance Armstrong is now a pariah in his hometown. Will he ever be a hero again? Was he one to begin with?

Asteroid Apocalypse
Michio Kaku, Newsweek

The recent crash-down in Russia was a flea bite. The one in 2036 could destroy entire nations...

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