The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The strange case of the 'time travel' murder On the BBC, Dr Mike Silverman dupes us with an amazing title and subhed, but still delivers an interesting brief glimpse into the advent of using DNA as forensic evidence.

Hogewey "Dementia Village" On alsCAREGIVER, Christy Schmid gives us a short but interesting description of a groundbreaking Alzheimer care center.

Meet the Woman Who Did Everything in Her Power to Hide Her Pregnancy From Google On ThinkProgress, Jessica Goldstein interviews Janet Vertesi, a sociology professor who conducted an experiment to find if she could avoid data mining.

Why is cereal eaten with milk and not some other liquid? On the Bathroom Reader's Institute site, Uncle John explains how cereal came to be a Western breakfast staple.

The New Synthetic Biology: Who Gains? In the New York Review of Books, Richard C. Lewontin warns of the gross lack of oversight by anyone looking out for humanity as a whole in the field of synthetic biology.

The Reformation: Can Social Scientists Save Themselves? In Pacific Standard, Jerry Adler writes about the crisis of credibility that the field of social psychology has brought upon itself in the age of TED Talks and Gladwell books.

A Loaded Gun In the New Yorker, Patrick Radden Keefe writes a 2014 National Magazine Award-winning article on Amy Bishop, the University of Alabama biology professor who shot several of her colleagues to death during a faculty meeting after failing to receive tenure.

From Retail Palace to Zombie Mall: How Efficiency Killed the Department Store On Collector's Weekly, Lisa Hix provides a fascinating history of the department store and its recent demise.

Why The Mona Lisa Stands Out On Intelligent Life, Ian Leslie explores the idea that great works of art are only considered great because they're the ones we've been exposed to the most.