Thursday’s Reddit Digest—one step closer to nuclear fusion

In today's Reddit Digest: what it feels like to kill a man, the "white savior industrial complex," and the world's most powerful laser.


Kevin Morris

Internet Culture

Published Mar 22, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 7:41 pm CDT

Want to read Reddit but don’t have the time? Our daily Reddit Digest highlights the most interesting or important discussions from around the social news site—every morning.

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  • A Navy SEAL and an Army sapper eloquently describe what is, for many, an incomprehensible emotion—the feeling after you’ve killed another human being. (/r/bestof)

  • r/TrueReddit debates the so-called “white savior industrial complex” and Joseph Kony. “So what can the average American do besides superficially donate money to feel good about himself?” sprint_ftw writes. “Not much at all.” (/r/TrueReddit)

  • What’s the real environmental impact of electric cars? Are they really so great? Yes. (/r/askscience)

  • At r/YouShouldKnow, redditors discuss crisis pregnancy centers—nonprofits established to discourage women from having an abortion. (/r/YouShouldKnow)

  • Here is more than you ever wanted to know about human and canine olfactory prowess. (/r/askscience)

  • Scientists have created the most powerful laser ever. Why do we need powerful lasers? Not for space-age death rays, it turns out. Rather, there’s a possibility powerful lasers can create nuclear fusion and help clean up nuclear waste. (/r/science)

  • The images in this AMA are probably the most horrifying things you will see this morning. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. “I had a dermoid cyst take over my right ovary, got flesh eating bacteria on my face and neck, and then broke my arm all within a year and a half.” (/r/IAmA)

  • Did you know that the author of Where the Wild Things Are originally wnated to write a tale about wild horses, until he discovered he was terrible at drawing horses? (/r/todayilearned)

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*First Published: Mar 22, 2012, 11:20 am CDT