The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Science Needs Vigilantes On its Discover Magazine blog, the Neuroskeptic writes in favor of the growing group of science watchdogs that pore over academic papers to uncover sloppy work or fraud.

Rewilding Witchcraft On Scarlet Imprint, Peter Grey gives a perspective of the current mass extinction Earth faces and rebelling against the corporate state from his viewpoint as a modern practitioner of witchcraft, a movement that itself faces extinction.

10 Reasons Why You Can't Live Without A Particle Accelerator On Nautilus, Lina Zeldovich writes about all the current and potential uses, from the mundane to the world-saving, of particle accelerators.

U.S. officials scrambled to nab Snowden, hoping he would make a misstep. He didn't. In the Washington Post, Greg Miller writes about the far more frenetic response by the United States to apprehend Edward Snowden that officials let on following his introduction as the NSA whistleblower.

The Man Who Speaks For Earth In the New Yorker, Joshua Rothman interviews Douglas Vokich, the SETI director who is leading the way to figuring out if and how we may ever be able to successfully communicate with alien life, and what we should say if we do.

Weird Corporate Twitter In the New Inquiry, Kate Losse writes an essay about why corporations are better at tweeting and why it's creepy that they're so good at it.

Autopsy Shows Just How Royally Oklahoma Screwed Up Clayton Lockett's Execution In Mother Jones, Stephanie Mencimer covers the preliminary findings of an independent autopsy of Clayton Lockett, whose execution by the state of Oklahoma in April was botched.

Remains of 'End of the World Epidemic' Found in Ancient Egypt On LiveScience, Owen Jarus writes about the excavation of a funerary complex that was used in the third century for mass disposal of infected bodies during a widespread plague.

How Much Does It Hurt? In New York Magazine, Stephen Hall writes about the controversial approval of Zohydro, a new, potent painkiller that many in the public health and medical fields believe will create a new opiate epidemic.

The Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill On the National Museum of American History's site, a brief history of the charcoal grill in the backyards of America is given.

Female-Named Hurricanes Deadlier Than Males. Implicit Sexism Kills! On the William M. Briggs blog, Matt Briggs provides a snarky but scientific take down of a recent and widely criticized paper that concluded hurricanes with females names are deadlier because people take them less seriously.

Calling Back a Zombie Ship from the Graveyard of Space In the New York Times, Kenneth Chang writes about a successful effort by civilian space contractors to reestablish a link to a decommissioned space probe launched in the 70s and putting it back to scientific work.

Why tomatoes taste bad, how GE could revolutionize a 'lost' fruit - and why you may never eat one On the Genetic Literacy Project, XiaoZhi Lim writes about the use of genetic engineering to find the genes responsible for giving tomatoes their natural taste, which was lost in the past century in exchange for better looks.

What is Left-Libertarianism? On the Center for a Stateless Society's blog, Kevin Carson gives an overview of the political and economic views of the Libertarian Left, which opposes the modern corporate state as founded on robbery.

The bizarre secret of London's buried diggers In the New Statesman, Ed Smith writes about n unusual byproduct of the trend of adding basements to the London rich's houses: abandoned and entombed excavating equipment.