The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Famous British Ghosts: The Questionable Case of the Enfield Poltergeist On Week in Weird, Dana Matthews writes about a famous haunting in the 1970s that was investigated by several separate groups and remains technically unexplained today.

How the 'Impossible' Space Drive Engine Might Work On Jalopnik, Jason Torchinsky writes about a proposed engine for spacecraft that appears to work by breaking a basic rule of relativity.

Archaeology of Titanic In Archaeology magazine, James P Delgado writes about this history of excavation and documentation of the Titanic wreck site, first by treasure hunters and most recently archaeologists.

The Fact of Sisyphus On The Intercept, Barrett Brown continues his Review of Arts and Letters and Prison, with a focus on the illegal treatment he's received at the hands of the federal Bureau of Prisons and his powerlessness toward addressing it.

New Life Found that Effectively Lives Off Electricity On Quanta Magazine, Emily Singer writes about a new type of extremophile, the lithoautotrophs, which feed on electrons from conductive metal ores.

'True Crime Addict' and the Serious Problem of Internet Sleuths In The New Yorker, Michelle Dean reviews a true crime book on the disappearance of Maura Murray and uses it as a chance to indict online amateur detectives who can create real-life, sometimes undesirable, consequences for a case.

The Debunker: Did Thomas Edison Electrocute an Elephant to Discredit AC? On Woot!, Ken Jennings writes about a common misconception.

A Civil Servant Missing Most of His Brain Challenges Our Most Basic Theories of Consciousness On Quartz, Olivia Goldhill writes about an astounding finding inside the skull of a French man.

What Media Companies Don't Want You to Know About Ad Blockers On the Columbia Journalism Review, Trevor Timm writes about the battle between users and news sites over ad blockers which both dent the sites' ad revenues and protect users from the malware the sites inadvertently serve.

Mouthbreathing Machiavellis Dream of a Silicon Reich On The Baffler, Corey Pein writes about the neoreationary movement, which seeks to lead and follow the billionaires of Silicon Valley into dictatorships.

Quests for Fire: Neanderthals and Science Fiction On The Appendix, Lydia Pyne writes about the discovery of Neanderthal in the 19th century and the attendant brutishness and violence Neanderthal culture was soon after incorrectly associated with.

The Case for Disarming America's Police Force On Quartz, Noah Berlatsky writes about a decades-long proposal to remove firearms from police in the US, and investigates other countries that have had success with the same.

A Design History of the Life-Saving Triage Tag On Fastco Design John Brownlee writes about the Cold War origin of a tag used to triage the human casualties of a disaster.

Will Our Descendants Survive the Destruction of the Universe? On i09, George Dvorsky writes about some of the cosmological suggestions for how new universes may be calved from our own.