Long Reads Of The Week: Asteroids, Gangsters And A Year Lost At Sea

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | Sometimes, real life is more astonishing than fiction. This gripping and harrowing account of Salvador Alvarenga, a fisherman who spent over a year lost at sea fighting for survival while on the brink of madness, is one such story. For the GuardianJonathan Franklin speaks with Alvarenga to tell his tale.

2 | In 'The Asteroid Hunters', Josh Dean of Popular Mechanics investigates the small but growing community of scientists devoted to defending us against lumps of rocks from space. The threat may be small, but it's very real.

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3 | Boot camps for troubled teens is billion-dollar industry in America. But a lack of regulation means some of them are places of starvation, torture and even death. Rolling Stone's Jesse Hyde has the tragic story of Bruce Staeger and the Tierra Blanca Ranch in New Mexico

4 | For Time magazine, David Von Drehle speaks with the survivors and families of the Charleston massacre in which a gunman opened first in a church in June this year, to hear their stories of faith and forgiveness.

5 | Finally, Stephanie Clifford reports for the New York Times on the trial of mobster Vincent Asaro, a man involved in one of the biggest cash robberies in American history, and asks: does this mark the end of the mafia's famed code of silence?

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