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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are the best of the bunch. Enjoy them with our compliments.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of material and a lot of it is really good. Here's the best of the bunch.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of material and a lot of it is really good. Here's the best of the bunch.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are links to the best of the bunch.

Why Babies and Other Things Are Cute, Explained

Ever wonder why you find some things cute? Here we explain it.

Here is everything we've released this week, wrapped up into one neat blog post. We hope you enjoy it.

There likely is no god, you may not exist and you are probably deluding yourself about all of it

Psychologists Julian Jaynes and Ernest Becker and philosopher Nick Bostrom have some bad news for you.

Deformed Baby Spider Brains

If you were born a baby spider, things would have turned out much differently for you. You'd have been mostly brain, for example. Researchers have long suspected that tiny spiders -- the young of which are routinely born deformed yet grow into normally proportioned adults -- are born with very large brains. Now they know it, thanks to what I imagine is research that amounted to dissecting deformed spider babies carried out by arachnid specialists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, down Panama way.

Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria Hot New Ingredient in Meat

Our current understanding of allergies are that they are defensive measures launched unnecessarily against benign intruders like pollen, which is mistaken by the immune system as a threatening foreign invader. The concept of immunotherapy is based on this logic: By exposing the immune system to small consistent doses of a benign substance like pollen the immune system won't launch a full-on attack.

Alistair Clarke, an evolutionary theorist has a new book coming out wherein he's managed to reduce the amount of pleasure we derive from humor into a pretty simple equation. According to the release on Science Daily, humor (h) is equal to the amount of misinformation present in a joke or bit (m), times the "extent to which the individual [the joke receiver] is susceptible to taking it seriously (s)."