The Week’s Best Longreads for March 23, 2013

From what iPads are doing to babies’ brains to bringing dinosaurs back from the dead, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

03.23.13 8:45 AM ET

The Touch-Screen Generation
Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic

Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?


Bringing Them Back to Life
Carl Zimmer, National Geographic

The revival of an extinct species is no longer a fantasy. But is it a good idea?


The Hostage
Richard Engel, Vanity Fair

Last December, a quick trip into Syria turned deadly, NBC News’s Richard Engel recalls, when his team of six was kidnapped by the vicious, pro-government shabiha militia and toyed with by a sadistic captor as they fought against their panic—and for their lives.


Religion Without God
Ronald Dworkin, The New York Review of Books

Before he died on February 14, Ronald Dworkin sent to The New York Review a text of his new book, Religion Without God, to be published by Harvard University Press later this year. An excerpt from the first chapter.


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The Heretic
Andrew Ferguson, The Weekly Standard

Who is Thomas Nagel and why are so many of his fellow academics condemning him?

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