Long Reads Of The Week - 26 October

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | For a comprehensive explaination of what ebola is and how it spreads – and how genomics research can help contain the outbreak – Richard Preston's piece in the New Yorker is essential reading.

2 | "One of us didn’t make it… And it was very difficult.” Bob Geldof, talks to the Guardian's Miranda Sawyer about family, fame and his daughter Peaches, who died earlier this year.

3 | Roughly 50% of people employed by social media companies are laborers tasked with keeping the dick pictures and beheading videos out of your feeds. They are often overseas and badly paid, but worse than that is the psychological effects of spending each day 'staring into the heart of human darkness'. Writing for Wired, Adrian Chen reports.

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4 | Is "Douchebag" the white racial slur we've all been waiting for? Gawker's Michael Mark Cohen think so, in this amusing piece on the (relatively) new word that only seems to apply to men.

5 | What does it feel like checking into a clinic designed to help you quit smoking? A lonely experience, writes Lynn Cunningham for The Walrus.