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Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• That Google has quietly built a health research center over the last three years and, as a result, started making synthetic skin in order to develop a technology to detect cancer cells? Zara Yost

• That although Republicans claim they now want to tackle economic inequality, their actions tell a different story? (They continue to try to repeal the estate tax, which applies only to inheritances valued at more than $5.4 million, while they also work toward cutting spending on food stamps.) Steve Bogira

• That some DEA agents had “sex parties” with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels in South America? Mick Dumke

• That Wired magazine is hiring . . . dishwashers? Tal Rosenberg

• About Ad-Rock‘s life after the Beastie Boys? Tal Rosenberg

“Love in the Time of Bae,” an experiment in online serial storytelling (inspired by “Serial”) about two teenagers who met and fell in love through online role-playing? Aimee Levitt

• This ranking of the ultimate University of Kentucky basketball fan’s tattoos? Drew Hunt

• Or see, in preparation for the impending Passover holiday, this video of Americans tasting Israeli snack foods? Aimee Levitt