Long Reads Of The Week - 24 August

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | James Foley, the journalist whose death caused outrage around the world when he was beheaded by a member of the Islamic State, was a fearless foreign correspondent who also spent 44 days in captivity inside Muammar Gaddafi's Libya after being captured by loyalist fighters  in 2011. It was just one the remarkable stories he told.

2 | Dr Robin Carhart-Harris is the first scientist in over 40 years to test LSD on humans. He talks to the Independent's Laurence Phelan about fighting the establishment, battling preconceptions and breaking down egos.

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3 | Pamela Colloff, from the Texas Monthly, has the story of Michelle Lyons, the woman whose job for a decade was to observe the final moment of death row inmates. Watching 278 executions, she discovers, does not come without a cost.

4 | Chris Dancy has been descrived at 'the most connected man in the world', after spending $40,000 in wearable tech and trackers. Here Mashable's Samantha Murphy Kelly asks whether he represents our enlightened future or lonely self-awareness.

5 | Steve Friedman of Runner's World has the extraordinary story of James Bonnett, the long distance runner who began his career as a record-breaking child prodigy before ending up burnout and forgotten at 24-year-old. Who is the man they called 'The Kid' today?