The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Deep Intellect In Orion Magazine, Sy Montgomery writes about burgeoning research into the surprising acuity of octopus intelligence.

Autonomous Weapons: An Open Letter From AI & Robotics Researchers In a letter posted on the Future of Life Institute site, hundreds of AI professionals petition the governments of the world not to develop autonomous weapons.

No sweat The Economist writes about the West's love of air conditioning and how it's ruining everything.

How Col. Sanders Became Father Christmas in Japan On Talking Points Memo, Molly Osberg writes about the Japanese traditional Christmas dinner of a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Cracked Bones Reveal Cannibalism By Doomed Arctic Explorers On LiveScience, Tia Ghose writes about grisly findings from the remains of the 1845 Franklin Expedition.

Moby-Duck In a 2007 issue of Harper's, Donovan Hohn writes about 28,000 floating plastic toys lost at sea, beachcoming, plastic, currents and a lot of other semi-related things.

Loch Ness Memoir In a 2006 issue of VQR, Tom Bissell writes about the evolution of his belief in the Loch Ness Monster from credulous child to doubting adult.

Some Dead Satellites Refuse to Go Quietly to Their Graves On Nautilus, Kyle Hill writes about the growing problem of space junk.

In Praise of the AK-47 In a post on Dear Design Student, Mike Monteiro argues against the assault rifle or any killing machine being considered well designed.

Filmmakers Fighting 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Find Their Smoking Gun On Ars Technica, Joe Mullin writes about the lawsuit over whether the birthday song is in the public domain.