The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

In the beginning On Aeon, Ross Andersen writes a fine article that explains the trouble with inflationary theory, the current state of cosmological thinking that suggests our universe is "one tiny bubble that floats along in a frothy sea".

Satirized for Your Consumption On The Baffler, writes about the co-option of satire by its very target, the powerful, the result of a comedy bubble technology has allowed to grow.

Did a Broadcast of the National Anthem in the 1960s Contain Subliminal Messages? On Vigilant Citizen, VC dives deeply into what appeared to have been an internet hoax, but could in fact be real.

Say hello to machines that read your emotions to make you happy On New Scientist, Sally Adee writes about the current state of the art with emotional AI.

How to Regulate Home-Brewed Opiates On Pacific Standard, Kate Wheeling writes about new techniques for making opium from sugar using yeast.

The male suicides: How social perfectionism kills On Mosaic, Will Storr writes about a hypothesis of what drives the disproportionately high suicide rate among men.

The problems with talking to aliens On Kernel, Marissa Fessenden writes about the debate over whether we should be sending messages into outer space and what they should say.

Ambassador for Earth In a 2006 editorial in Nature, the editors take the position that all of humanity should be involved in deciding what messages are sent to alien civilizations.

Listicles, aggregation, and content gone viral: How 1800s newspapers prefigured today's Internet On Nieman Labs, Joseph Listerman writes about 19th century newspapers as content aggregators.

Your Apples Are A Year Old On Food Renegade, Kristen Michaelis writes about cold storage of food.

Are Some Fonts More Believable Than Others? On FastCo Design, Suzanne Labarre writes about an experiment by Errol Morris.

Pseudoscience in the Witness Box On Slate, Dahlia Lithwick writes about the FBI's recent admission that its hair analysis experts presented deeply flawed testimony in hundreds of cases.