The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

How to Know When It's Time to Euthanize Your Dog On Persephone magazine's site, Moretta writes about signs to look for when your dog reaches his or her last leg.

Dry spell at Stonehenge reveals secret that has eluded archaeologists In The Guardian, Steven Morris writes about the accidental discovery of evidence that shows Stonehenge was once a complete circle.

Curses! The birth of the bleep and modern American censorship On The Verge, Maria Bustillos writes about the origins and effects of censorship in the U.S. and the technology used to deploy it.

Degrees of burns provides definitions for the six degrees of burns humans can suffer.

Evolution, consequences and future of plant and animal domestication In a 2002 article in Nature, hero anthropologist Jared Diamond traces the possible history of the domestication of plants and animals and the impact domestication has had on human development. (Link opens outside browser as a PDF)

The Interview In the New Yorker, Douglas Starr writes about the decreasing faith in widespread use of a specific set of techniques in police interrogations that produce as a byproduct false confessions.

Myth Busted: How Looking Right or Left Doesn't Indicate That You're Lying In a 2012 post on Smithsonian, Joseph Stromberg writes about the debunking of a very popular misconception.

Human DNA belongs to no one - it shouldn't be patented In The Guardian, Luigi Palombi contrasts two recent high court rulings - one in the U.S. and one in Australia - that came to two very different conclusions regarding patenting of human genetic material.

Lock up your wives! On Aeon, Rebecca Onion writes about the perennial Can This Marriage Be Saved? advice column that was featured in the Ladies Home Journal for more than 60 years and almost exclusively blamed wives for troubles in their marriage, including those created by their husbands.

When Star Talent Grew More Powerful Than Capital In the Harvard Business Review, Roger Martin worries about the rise of the talent needed to fill creative jobs, which ascended in the U.S. as unskilled jobs vanished, and the power they wield over their corporate employers.

Dem says ISIS video meant to goad US On The Hill, Justin Sink writes about the assertion by at least one member of Congress that the videos showing the decapitation of American journalists were intended to draw the U.S. military back to the Middle East.

The American fear-mongering machine is about to scare us back into war again In The Guardian, Trevor Timm makes the case that perhaps American fears of ISIS are largely unfounded.