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

Stories on the science and economics of parenthood top our site this week, plus the not-so-scientific marketing of the Heimlich maneuver.

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.

An emotional and sobering story about the rise of 24-hour daycares led the site this week. We're also busy challenging assumptions, like the idea that pumping breast milk can be equivalent to breastfeeding, or that the Heimlich maneuver is the best way to stop choking (it's not).

1. The Rise of Extreme Daycare

2. We Are All Confident Idiots

3. The Unseen Consequences of Pumping Breast Milk

4. The Masterful Marketing of the Heimlich Maneuver

5. White Americans Draw Distinctions Between African-Americans and Blacks

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

  • "The U.S. has added 105 million people since 1970 ... yet we somehow have managed to shrink our overall water footprint." While it's heartening to see we've made progress in water efficiency, there's still a lot of low-hanging fruit for improvement. Read more about our water crisis and see more maps at High Country News.

  • How well can you ignore the number of calories you're consuming? The new app Calorific wants you to get real: "It's basically a giant truth bomb that pours its radioactive reality down on all the food lies we tell ourselves." The oddly cheerful photos depict how much of each food adds up to 200 calories—see 'em and weep at theAtlantic.