The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Deep Into Green In the New York Review of Books, Michael Gorra reviews a history of the color green.

Networking can make some people feel 'dirty', study says A news release from University of Toronto describes a study that found networking feels unwholesome to people who question their contribution.

Meet the Internet's DIY brain hackers On The Kernel, Marissa Fessenden writes about the growing trend of stimulating brain regions through electrical currents at home.

You Should Be Terrified of Superintelligent Machines In an excerpt from his book printed on Slate, philosopher Nick Bostrom makes the case for why we probably shouldn't assume any artificial superintelligence will have any of humanity's best interests as its goals.

Chemistry Of A Hangover - Alcohol and Its Consequences Part 3 On Chemistry Views, Klaus Roth writes about the chemical and physiological basis of the alcohol hangover.

Meet The Woman Sewing Life-Sized Dolls Of Everyone Who Dies In Her Village On Fast Company Design, Carey Dunne writes about a woman who honors the dead and friends who've moved by installing life-sized effigies in their favorite spots around town.

Deadly Contact In National Geographic, David Quammen writes about the diseases that pass from animals to humans and why so many of them seem to find safe harbor in bats.

Want Fungus In That? Our Delicious & Useful Rotten Foods On Nautilus, Claire Cameron gives an overview of fermented foods and their effects on the human body.

What Everyone Gets Wrong In The Debate Over Net Neutrality On Wired, Robert McMillan writes about the overlooked fact that the infrastructure of the Internet is already not neutral.

The Nuclear Tourist In National Geographic, George Johnson writes about tourism to the abandoned Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine.

What Is The Universe? Physics Has Some Real Mind-Bending Answers On Smithsonian, Victoria Jaggard writes about some of physics' unusual conceptions of the physical reality (or unreality) of our universe and ways to scientifically investigate them.

The Real Sea Monsters: On the Hunt for Rogue Waves In a 2009 article in Scientific American, Lynn Peeples writes about the search for rogue waves, ones that come in and out of existence in moments and are large enough to sink a cargo ship.

A Letter to Stuff You Should Know On Notes On Liberty, economist Rick Weber provides clarification about some of the finer points of our episode on socialism.

The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind On Gizmodo, Ashley Feinberg writes about Heaven's Gate, the cult whose members committed mass suicide in 1997 and the surprisingly sophisticated website the group left behind.

Home, Washington The Wikipedia entry for the town that served as an anarchist nudist utopia around the turn of the last century.