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Japanese Hunter-Gatherers Defy Notions About Prehistoric Violence On Discover, Kiona Smith-Strickland writes about recent findings that lend weight to the argument that humans are not innately wired to be warlike.

Buried Somewhere in the Catskills is a Stash of Nazi Loot On Atlas Obscura, Luke Spencer writes about an almost incredible story of a thwarted WWII sabotage plot that led to a cache of money being hidden in Upstate New York.

The Reckoning In Texas Monthly, Pamela Colloff writes about the meager and interesting life of a woman whose life was utterly changed when she was shot by Charles Whitman at the University of Texas in 1966.

The Myth of the Moral Brain: Could A Drug Make Us Nicer People? In New Scientist, Harris Wiseman reviews a book that argues that psychology and society make us prosocial, not neurology.

How Reporters Pulled Off the Panama Papers, the Biggest Leak in Whistleblower History In Wired, Andy Greenberg writes about the secret year-long analysis of millions of documents from a law firm that specializes in dodging taxes for its clients around the world.

Put the Corpse in the Barn Until Spring On Appalachian History, Dave Tabler writes about how people prepared and buried their dead in 19th-century rural Appalachia.

Goat Rituals and Tree Trunk Gravestones: The Peculiar History of Life Insurance On Collectors Weekly, Lisa Hix writes about the early origins of life insurance policies in America, which got their start in the late 19th century via mystical fraternal orders.


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