The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Future Humans - How Will Evolution Change Humanity On the Anti Sense Science blog, JB Sheppard writes about the mechanisms that are driving human evolution forward and where they may lead us as a species in the next several thousand years.

Mindscapes: First interview with a dead man On New Scientist, Helen Thomson writes about a case study of a man with Cotard's delusion, a neurological disorder which makes him believe that he's already died.

Uprising On Medium, Phil McKenna writes about the increasing awareness of a problem with the big bet on natural gas as a bridge fuel between coal and renewables: It leaks.

The Unique Merger That Made You (And Ewe and Yew) On Nautilus, Ed Yong writes about the biological revolution that arose from the appearance of the eukaryotes -- characterized by their mitochondria -- and how they came about.

We Will Need Monuments Men For As Long As Ancient Sites Remain Battlefields On LiveScience, Emma Cunliffe writes an op-ed about the need for continued wartime protection of the world's historical sites.

Dreams of 'self-discovery' destroying marriage, claims psychologist In the Guardian, Ian Sample writes about a new theory of why 21st-century marriages fail called the "suffocation model".

Termites inspire robot builders On the BBC, Jonathon Amos writes about an amazing new type of robot, inspired by social insects, that act as a group to carry out complicated tasks.

Why Abercrombie is Losing Its Shirt In New York Magazine, Matthew Shaer writes about the recent decline of Abercrombie and Fitch and its longtime head, a gay middle-aged man who identifies with his teenage customers and runs the company with an iron fist.

Easy-Bake Evolution: 50 Years of Cakes, Cookies and Gender Politics On Collector's Weekly, Lisa Hix writes about the long history of the Easy-Bake Oven.

Remembering When Reno Was the Divorce Capital of America On Bitch, Ben Marks writes about Reno, Nevada's short-lived, but world-renowned role as the destination for people looking for a quick and uncontested divorce in the early-twentieth century.

The Mark In the New Yorker, Evan Ratliff writes about an FBI agent-turned congressman who shook down Wall Street brokers and the extremely shady confidential informant he used for his ends.

Coca-Cola Revealed Drinking Cup publishes a post about the secret history of the world's most popular soft drink.

America's only Clovis skeleton genome offers clues to Native American ancestry On PhysOrg, Mariette LeRoux writes about the recent discovery that Native Americans descended from a distinct wave of migrants from Siberia.

The Nonsense of It Slate republishes an 1866 pamphlet by Thomas Wentworth explaining in wry terms the rationale behind women's suffrage by turning the arguments against it on their heads.

Hoffman's habit On the heels of the overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Economist publishes a brief report on the radical steps Switzerland and the Netherlands have taken to address the problem of heroin addiction among their populations.

The 1% Should Be Afraid: The New Norm in the Workplace Is Unstable On Truthout, Laura Flanders interviews writer Barbara Garson about the recent change in employment habits, brought about by the Great Recession, but increasingly instituted under normal circumstances, where new hires are brought on as contractors.

Cruel Florida Ordinance Makes It Illegal For Cold Homeless People To Cover Up With Blankets Crooks and Liars publishes a post about a Pensacola, Florida law that targets the city's homeless by banning virtually anything short of constantly moving in public.

Ancient Footprints Throw Early Human Pre-History Into Turmoil On Forbes, Paul Rodgers writes about the discovery of sets of footprints along an ancient beach in England that reset our idea of human habitation of Britain back by half a million years.

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: Civil Disobedience and the Rule of Law On the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jessica Pishko reviews a book on civil disobedience and explores what falls within and without its boundaries.

Why snowboarders hate Shaun White On Slate, Josh Levin and Justin Peters write about why snowboarder Shaun White runs afoul of the social norms of snowboarding and as a result enjoys the disdain of his colleagues in the sport.

The Empathy Exam In The Believer, Leslie Jamison writes about what she learned as a medical actor, used to train med students, and how she found it pertains to her experience with abortion.