The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Founding Fathers v. The Climate Change Skeptics In the Public Domain Review, Dr Raphael Calel writes about the awareness the of Founding Fathers of the United States of human impact on climate change, ironically before the Industrial Revolution began anthropogenic climate change in earnest.

The 'science of dating' and why it should make you angry In The Guardian, Dean Burnett writes about the relatively large amount of slack the scientific community gives the bad science bandied about when it comes to the application of science to relationships.

Skara Brae: Prehistoric Scottish Village On LiveScience, Owen Jarus gives a brief glimpse into an excavated prehistoric compound on the Orkney Islands in Scotland that was lively 5,000 years ago.

The Germ Theory of Democracy, Dictatorship and All Your Most Cherished Beliefs In Pacific Standard, Ethan Waters interviews one of the founders of pathogen stress theory, the concept that human cultures arise (and can be manipulated) in our response to disease avoidance.

How to Read President Obama's New Budget On the Brookings Institution's website, analyst David Wessel offers some helpful shortcuts for reading between the lines of annual budgets delivered by the White House.

University is digging into Mississippi's past with a long forgotten graveyard On CNN, Chealsea J Carter writes about the recent discovery of 2,000 unmarked graves discovered on the grounds of an old mental asylum.

Twilight in the Box On Aeon, Shruti Ravindran investigates the history of solitary confinement and the increasing awareness among prison reformers, officials and psychiatrists of the extremely debilitating effects it has on both the human mind and brain.

Rebecca Coriam: lost at sea In The Guardian, Jon Ronson uses the case of a girl who commited suicide aboard the cruise ship she worked on to examine the unspoken trend of death aboard pleasure cruises and how cruise lines routinely deal with them.

Star In A Bottle In the New Yorker, Raffi Khatchadourian provides an in-depth look at ITAR, an international group project that is building the world's largest and most expensive stellarator, essentially a sun captured in a box here on Earth, which will completely solves the world's energy problems if -- if -- they can get it to work.

20 Two-Sentence Horror Stories That Will Keep You Up Tonight Tickld compiles a list of extremely short horror stories that prove the reader's imagination is the greater engine of terror.

You're Drinking the Wrong Milk In Mother Jones, Josh Harkinson writes about the debate between A1 and A2 milk proteins and their potential impact on humans and the dairy industry.

The Myth of Multiple Personality Disorder On i09, Esther Ingliss-Arkell writes about the sordid history of the multiple personality disorder diagnosis and the fraud that was perpetrated by the psychiatric community through it from the 50s to the 80s.

Battling for Bison on Public Land In Outdoor, Mary Catherine O'Connor writes about the dispute between wild buffalo supporters and buffalo ranchers over grazing rights.

From Fallujah to the San Fernando Valley, Police Use Analytics to target 'High Crime' Areas On Truthout, Darwin Bond Graham and Ali Winston investigate the company behind the new software police are using to target areas deemed ripe for criminal activity and why it may be flawed.

A Guide to Flight 370 Theories, From Mechanical Failure to Alien Abduction In New York Magazine, Margaret Hartmann gives a brief rundown of the theories that have been floated to explain the recent disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.