The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Is Consciousness Universal? In Scientific America, Christoff Koch writes about a new hypothesis of panpsychism, that suggests any organized system is capable of conscious experience.

Fear In The Cockpit On Nautilus, Jeff Wise writes about how our ancient adaptive response to danger doesn't necessarily translate well to our modern world.

Goldwell Open Air Museum On Death Valley Jim, Jim Mattern writes about an outdoor museum in the Nevada desert created in the 1980s by artist Albert Szukalski.

The Girl Guides Who Won The War In the Express, Charlotte Heathcoate writes about how the Girl Scouts acted as spies and saboteurs during the World Wars.

Quiz: What drugs were these spiders on when they made their webs? On the Washington Post, Christopher Ingram writes about experiments originating in the 1950s that studied the effects of drugs on spider web weaving.

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems In Newsweek, Julian Assange publishes a chapter from his upcoming book chronicling a meeting with Google executive Eric Schmidt.

Did Doodie Do It? -- Phantom Killer Suspect H.B. "Doodie" Tennison On his his website, John Tennison, MD explores the possibility that his teenage cousin may have been an obscure serial killer in Arkansas in the 1940s.

Clockmaker John Harrison vindicated 250 years after 'absurd' claims In The Guardian, Robin McKie writes about a recent test of an amazingly well-designed clock that brought its designer ridicule during his lifetime.

Alien Supercivilizations Absent From 100,000 Nearby Galaxies In Scientific American, Lee Billings writes about a recent survey of star clusters looking for evidence of advanced alien life that came up with nothing.

Evidence of Pre-Columbus Trade Found in Alaska House On LiveScience, Owen Jarus writes about the discovery of in Alaska of 1000-year-old artifacts from China.