The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Dear "Skeptics", Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More In Scientific American, John Horgan publishes a talk he gave to a skeptics conference in which he takes to task skeptics who aren't skeptical of the hokum science often produces and provides cover for, like the idea that a tendency to war is ingrained in humans' genes.

The Inevitable, Intergalactic Awkwardness of Time Capsules On Atlas Obscura, Cara Giamo writes about the long history of both earthbound and space-dwelling time capsules explores why they all share the common trait of presumptuousness.

The Awful Diseases on the Way In the New York Review of Books, Annnie Sparrow writes about pandemics of the past and present, like the Spanish Flu and malaria, and those poised to strike, like Zika.

-- And Sudden Death In a 1935 article in Reader's Digest, JC Furnas writes colorfully and in detail about the myriad gruesome ways a person can become maimed or killed in a car wreck, especially in the 1930s.

The Obsessive Amateur Code -breakers Hoping to Crack the Zodiac Killer's Cipher On Kernal, Rick Paulas writes about the persistent obsession over decrypting a message written by the famous serial killer more than 40 years ago.

How a Mysterious Ghost Ship Brought Cosmic Disco to Cape Verde In The Guardian, Huw Oliver writes about how a lost and found boatload of synthesizers led to a distinct African musical style.

The Secret History of Lead In a 2000 article in The Nation, Jamie Lincoln Kitman writes an exhaustive article about the introduction of lead to the world's gasoline supply by a trio of corporations and the lasting health effects they left behind.

Smiley Face Killers Victim Zero, Patrick McNeill (1997) In Crime Magazine, Eponymous Rox writes about the possible murder of a college student that may have been the origin of a long string of similar murders in New York.

A Plan to Prevent Gun Suicides On Scientific American, Nancy Shute writes about a campaign that originated with firearm dealers in New Hampshire to educate the public on research that shows the desire to kill oneself is frequently temporary.

Save Jeanie: On 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off's' 30th Anniversary, A Tribute To The Misunderstood, Mistreated Jeanie Bueller On UpRoxx, Jen Chaney writes about why Ferris Bueller's sister perhaps had a point after all.