ISS Astronauts Use Sleeping Pills Unsuited for Hazardous Occupations

Welcome to Reading List, Gizmodo's weekend roundup of the best and most interesting writing from around the web. This week, we're featuring great work from Wired, Pacific Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and more!

  • Fred Barbash explains the long-simmering problem of sleeplessness on the International Space Station. Researchers have just completed the longest and most in-depth study yet, finding that ISS astronauts get significantly less sleep than recommended—and in a 24-hour-a-day job where survival often depends on quick thinking, a lot of them turn to prescription sleep aids that warn against "hazardous occupations." [The Washington Post]
  • Lauren Weber brings us the fascinating story of Clare Vincent, who for 40 years has been winding and caring for every clock housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [The Wall Street Journal]
  • Rick Paulas writes an engrossing profile (seriously, it reads like a Dashiell Hammett novel) about Eddie Muller, president of the Film Noir Foundation and a man dedicated to tracking down and preserving long-lost prints of films long feared destroyed. [Pacific Standard]
  • Brad Plumer looks deep into the world of gambling design, revealing some of the secret architectural psychology that makes spending so easy at casinos—and the recent changes that have made slot machines the most profitable table in the house. [Vox]
  • And finally, Mat Honan takes what's often the most dull and straightforward topic in tech writing—the startup founder profile—and crafts a charming, hilarious, and artful masterwork. It doesn't hurt that his subject, Slack founder Stewart Butterfield, is a fascinating character who's been part of the startup scene since the dot-com boom days. Bonus cameos by Gawker's own Joel Johnson and Sam Biddle! [Wired]