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

We found out that the effects of "comfort food" are all in your head. Plus, the dubious new evidence of Jack the Ripper's DNA is grosser than you expected.
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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.

We're still trumpeting the benefits of drinking alcohol, but we also found out that the effects of "comfort food" are all in your head. Plus, we dug into the dubious new evidence of Jack the Ripper's DNA (it's grosser than you're expecting).

1. The Truth We Won't Admit: Drinking Is Healthy

2. Comfort Food Is a Myth

3. Jack the Ripper’s DNA: Was Aaron Kosminski Behind the Whitechapel Murders?

4. #InstagrammingAfrica: The Narcissism of Global Voluntourism

5. What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?

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

  • America's love affair with shopping malls is nearing an end. What's happening to the enormous buildings that once housed them? NPR has the story.
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(Photo: Michael Lewis/Courtesy of Gresham, Smith and Partners)

  • Everyone's talking about the microbiome. Whether you're convinced that you should be drinking kombucha, or you are unnerved that it seems bacteria are overtaking your body, you've likely heard the common "fact" that microbes outnumber your human body cells 10 to one. A new story in the Boston Globe tracks down that number—only to find out it's probably wrong.
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(Photo: Hal Mayforth for the Boston Globe)

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