The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

How to Store Nuclear Waste for 10,000 Years (and How Not To) On Gizmodo, Sarah Zhang writes a fascinating piece about the challenges that face the people tasked with storing nuclear waste for millennia and how it's failed so far.

Orange moves to change policy to keep Satanists coloring book out of schools In the Orlando Sentinel, Lauren Roth writes about a recent petition to the Orange County, Florida school board by the Satanic Temple to allow them to distribute coloring and activity books to schoolchildren there.

Minoans (3000 B.C. to 1400 B.C.): their art, culture and religion and the Thera eruption On Facts and Details, Jeffrey Hays compiles a bulleted list of facts and details about the Minoans, Europe's first great civilization.

All it needs is love In the Economist, Buttonwood writes that the current mistrust of capitalism is merely an image problem, not the result of a loss of true faith.

Is religion inherently violent? In The Atlantic, Emma Green reviews a recent book that investigates religion's role in warfare over the millennia.

Snowfall Measuring Procedures On the NOAA site, the agency provides some tips to amateur scientists in the field for measuring and reporting snowfall.

Research: How Female CEOs Actually Get to the Top On Harvard Business Research, Sarahh Dillard and Vanessa Lipschitz write about the misconception that women CEOs make it to that position along the same route as men and report they take a separate path.

How to Study the Brain On the Chronicle for Higher Education, Gary Marcus and colleagues write about the massive challenges that face investigation into how the brain functions and produces experiences and trace the contours of how to proceed.

American tourist tried to ship infant body parts to the U.S., Thai police say On CNN, Andreas Preuss writes about the bizarre use of infant and fetal body parts are used in some Thai Buddhist rituals.

Why Do Boomerangs Come Back? In an academic paper, Yutaka Nishiyama explains the physics behind boomerangs as well as anyone and offers instructions for creating paper boomerangs.

The Hum: An anomalous sound heard around the world In a 2005 article in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, David Deming provides the academic foundation for investigation into the mysterious Hum.

A Quick History of Why Asians Wear Surgical Masks In Public On Quartz, Jeff Yang writes about the evolution of the century-old trend of East Asians covering their faces with medical masks when in public.