* “The dying Russians,” from 2014, a tremendously sad piece. Yet it also has important geopolitical implications for the U.S.: Russia is a shrinking country almost entirely dependent on oil. As time goes on, the U.S.’s position gets better and Russia’s gets worse.
* “Making sense of modern pornography,” from the New Yorker and likely SFW.
* “Will Viruses Save Us From Superbugs? When antibiotics failed a severely ill patient, it was a pond virus that saved him.” Beautiful, inspiring, hopeful.
* “An Unsung Hero of the Nuclear Age: Maj. Harold Hering and the forbidden question that cost him his career.” Brilliant, scary, important, and tied to “Trump fears and the nuclear apocalypse.”
* Russia plants porn in dissidents’ computers. I will take this opportunity to recommend Three Felonies A Day (again). Theoretically, if someone—anyone—sends a nude photo of a person under age 18 to your phone, you are guilty of a felony. Something to think about in an age of ever-expanding government and police powers.
* “Eight miles of water: underground with Manhattan’s new aquatic lifeline,” an awesome infrastructure project that ought to get more attention.