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Look, we spend a lot of time reading the internet — here’s the best stuff of the week.

For better or worse, the Grist staff delves into the mass of words on the web every single day. Here’s what stood out to us recently:

  • If you’ve got time, check out TakePart’s entire Farm of the Future issue — but if you don’t, read a highlight: one rancher’s take on the scourge of feedlots.
  • Stephen Hawking gives us a chilling warning in the Guardian: “We are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it.”
  • Equally chilling, and a bit closer to home: the Atlantic’s exploration of how Donald Trump’s administration could challenge scientific standards and even empiricism itself in the United States.
  • Do you get a lot of your news and understanding of current events from Facebook? Does Facebook also sometimes leave you feeling dejected and frustrated? Well, New York Magazine found some pretty astute ways for you to fix that.
  • The New York Times interviewed Dr. C. Megan Urry, the first woman chair of Yale’s physics department, on the pervasiveness of sexism in the sciences. (Editor’s note: She’s also the parent of one Grist editor.)