The Day the Mesozoic Died In Nautilus, Sean B Carroll writes about the discovery of an apparent extinction event in the strata of a rock bed that led to the widespread theory that a meteor impact killed off the dinosaurs.
Why the Calorie Is Broken On Mosaic, Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley write about the history of the calorie as a measure for the available energy and nutrition in food and how it reveals how little we actually understand food and how our bodies use it.
Can God Lie? On Aeon, Dallas G Denery writes about the struggle among theologians and philosophers over whether God deceives humankind and how the Scientific Revolution settled the debate.
Money in the Bank In Jacobin, Dan O'Sullivan writes about the history of pro wrestling and its long tradition of exploiting the talent in order to beef up profit margins.
The Political Economy of Pro Wrestling: Capital, Unions and Spandex On Politics Respun, Jasmin Mujanovic writes about wrestling's labor exploitation using Darren Aranofsky's The Wrestler for illustration.
On Self-Respect In a 1961 essay originally published in Vogue, Joan Didion explores what constitutes self-respect and how a person can work to attain and retain it.
Who Knows Best? In New York Magazine, Lisa Miller writes about the plight of a Massachusetts mother whose low intelligence prompted the state to (illegally, it appears) take away her daughter out of fear the woman was unfit to care for her.