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Welcome to this week’s Reading List, a collection of the internet’s most interesting science and tech stories. This week, we’ll experiment with medical marijuana, race a helicopter across New York City, and more.

  • The personal computer today is ubiquitous, but in the 1980s, people were still learning how to define it. [Ratter]
  • Medical marijuana is still largely unregulated, so it’s hard for potential patients to know what’s in the supplements they’re buying, and that creates serious health risks. [BuzzFeed]
  • The UK’s Government Communications Headquarters runs a series of programs to collect, sort, and search billions of metadata records from internet users around the world. [The Intercept]
  • In case you wondered, it’s faster to bike across Manhattan than to fly a helicopter from one side to the other. [Huffpost Tech]

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