The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

How a crazy scientists duped America into believing vitamin C cures colds On Vox, Megan Thielking writes about a researcher who originated the idea that vitamin C supplements promote health.

The Oral History of the Poop Emoji Or, How Google Brought Poop To America On Fast Company, Lauren Schwartzberg interviews the developers behind the incredibly popular poop emoji.

Psychophysical interactions with a double-slit interference pattern In Physics Essays, Dean Radin, et al. publish the results of three studies that investigated whether humans can alter the behavior of photons using ESP which turned up positive results.

Abandoned 1882 rifle sparks archaeological quest in Nevada In the LA Times, John M Glionna writes about a neat discovery and the mystery it's spawned.

Martin Luther King's 'Letter From Birmingham Jail' The Atlantic reprints Dr. King's famous letter it first published in 1963.

The shoestring coup The Economist briefly details an unsuccessful coup in Gambia.

Cicada: Solving the Web's Deepest Mystery In Rolling Stone, David Kushner writes about a shadowy group that is recruiting cryptographers for reasons that remain mysterious.

A drowned town has resurfaced - population one On New Scientist, Rowan Hooper writes about a Argentine town that has made a reappearance after being flooded.

Inside the Rainbow Gulag: The Technicolor Rise and Fall of Lisa Frank On Jezebel, Tracie Egan Morrissey writes about the strange business life of an iconic graphic designer's empire.

The bizarre ESP experiments conducted on aboriginal children without parental consent In the Washington Post, Abby Phillip writes about the recent discovery of a past study carried out in Canadian schools.

When Normal Is Deadly: How Boko Haram Made Us Ok With Slaughter On the Daily Beast, Joe Randazzo writes about what makes news.

Physic's pangolin On Aeon, Margaret Wertheim writes about the limits of our current understanding of math and physics to explain what we are detecting in our reality.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Dolly Parton On Mental Floss, Kristy Puchko writes about the legendary performer.

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think On the Huffington Post, Johann Hari writes about an alternative way of viewing the mechanism of addiction.