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

Our top posts this week ranged from male sexual assault to gentrification and Mercury Retrograde.
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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.

Last week, Livia Gershon wrote an important piece about male victims of sexual assault and how gender norms are hurting both men and women when it comes to talking about rape. In other, completely unrelated news, we also covered the phenomenon of Mercury Retrograde and why it's such a popular pseudoscientific belief.

1. When Women Sexually Assault Men

2. A Case for 'Believing' in Mercury Retrograde

3. Are Millennials Willing to Spend Most of Their Income on Housing?

4. The Giant Mutations in the Human Genome

5. Why Do So Many People Watch HGTV?

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

  • "The cities we live in are every bit as fascinating as the cities we imagine." CityLab talks to Darran Anderson, whose new book is about the connections between fictional architecture and real life.

Hugo Gernsback's Automobile of 1973 (Photo: Science & Invention, 1923)

  • A fun educational video series, It's Okay to Be Smart, explains the structure of the Earth—and how we're living on an onion made of magma.