Doctors Say Morcellation Can Leave Women Vulnerable to Cancer

Welcome to this week’s Reading List, your Sunday guide to some of the most interesting science and technology stories on the internet this week. This week, we’ll examine a potentially deadly medical procedure, ponder the inner workings of social networks, and more.

  • Morcellation is a less invasive way to remove fibroids and other growths through laparoscopic surgergy - but if it’s used on a growth that turns out to be a tumor, it could spread cancer through the body. Two doctors say it’s not worth the risk. [Maisonnneuve]
  • One relatively simple fix stopped Instagram from crashing every time a celebrity like Justin Bieber posts a new picture, but storing and accessing the data that runs a social network is still a challenge. [Wired]
  • One family’s personal tragedy highlights the urgency of addressing Airbnb’s safety issues. [Medium]
  • A geographic information systems startup is helping Detroit residents and officials make sense of the city’s land use, fight urban blight, and keep residents in their homes after a foreclosure. [Next City]
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