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The Most Popular Posts on and Other Stuff We Liked This Past Week

Stories from our new print issue top the site this week. And, readers learn how important design is, in iPhone apps and toilets.

Every week, we share with you our top posts and some of our favorite reads from across the Web. Get all of this—and more—directly in your inbox by signing up for our twice-weekly newsletter.

Two feature stories in our November/December print issue topped the site this week. We also learned about the power of design—in a simple non-deletable app, or a toilet that will always fail us.

1. We Are All Confident Idiots

2. The New Health App on Apple’s iOS 8 Is Literally Dangerous

3. American Bathrooms Are a Total Failure

4. The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health

5. The Positive Emotional Impact of Sad Music

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Plus, some fun picks from the Web. What we clicked on this week:

  • Oculus Rift made headlines earlier this year when it was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. What can it do? Well, for one, it can make you feel like you're controlling a Large Hadron Collider. Read more at Wired.

  • The world's most precise atomic clock looks a bit cobbled together. But it's so accurate that it can cause even its own engineers to get a bit existential. Read and hear more at NPR.