After a lengthy hiatus, What I’ve Been Reading is back, and it’s got a load of links for you.

  • Bec Crew of Science Alert reports that scientists have discovered a new state of matter called Jahn-Teller metals. They could be the key to understanding superconductivity. Hooray for science!
  • By now, you’ve probably heard of the LaCour affair that’s rocking the academic social science world. (Short summary: UCLA political science graduate student Michael LaCour has been accused of manufacturing data in a study about attitudes towards gay marriage.) Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker examines the fallout of the scandal.
  • Internet funny guy Staggering Stew-Bum writes a surprisingly emotional blog post about his PlayStation trophy addiction.
  • It’s not entirely uncommon for cops to stage fake events in order to ensnare criminals. But it is pretty rare for them to stage an entire wedding. Jeff Maysh of The Atlantic writes about an elaborate fake wedding held in Owosso, Michigan back in 1990 designed to catch the area’s drug dealers.

Alright, that does it for now. The regular Sunday schedule for What I’ve Been Reading will continue until further notice (or until I forget).

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