I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (28 May 2016)

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Top picks

From me at the Atlantic

Stung by a tarantula hawk wasp? The advice I give in speaking engagements is to lie down and scream.” Justin Schmidt, creator of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, has written a book and it sounds amazing.

The Invisibility of Black Autism, by Steve Silberman

Carl Zimmer profiles Eske Willerslev, the geneticist rewriting human history with DNA

Bowiebranchia: Nudibranchs that look like David Bowie

This unlucky town keeps getting hit by violent tornadoes. Why? A quintessential Maggie Koerth-Baker piece: fascinating, crisp, funny.

Great story on contradictory attitudes to Asian elephants & their handlers, by Hilary Cadigan

A beautifully written ode to the implausible giraffe, by Anthony Lydgate

It was a pigeon. It was missing for five years. Suddenly it was back. Why? And where were the 10,000s of pigeons that vanished with him?” An amazing story by Robert Krulwich.

Sickles across the neck, and other tricks for preventing the undead from rising. By James Close

Polio-free world? Not if scientists refuse to destroy their research specimens. By Helen Branswell.

Billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker, which should really scare us. See also Wired’s perfect response and Ian Bogost’s piece with its perfect art.

The Inevitable, Intergalactic Awkwardness of Time Capsules. By Cara Giaimo

The ex-anarchist construction worker who became a world-renowned scientist. Great story by Daniel Gumbiner.


More links

A  map of the world’s most superlative trees

The Future of Humanity’s Food Supply Is in the Hands of AI

The Controversial Race to Breed Climate-Adapted Super Coral

This is a good piece, spinning out of the OKCupid ethics trashfire

“If a woman is infected [w/ Zika] in her 1st trimester, there is 1-13% chance of her fetus developing microcephaly

Brain scans strongly predict return of consciousness in vegetative patients

A sea sponge the size of a minivan could be one of the world’s oldest living animals

Meet Terrapattern, Google Earth’s Missing Search Engine

Mapping the Creatures Living Beneath Our Feet

Humpback whales have gone missing all over the Pacific

These animals relied on each other for 100 million years. Now climate change is killing them both.

Nature’s survey reveals opinions on reproducibility

On the power of storytelling in science

If you’re going to the Rio Olympics, you’ll be too busy shitting yourself and suffering from flu to worry about Zika

Why Legos are becoming more violent over time

In Hawaii, scientists and farmers clash over regulating destructive plants that are important to food culture.

Toilets have a lot to tell us about — far more than how and where people went to the bathroom”

Take a tour of the world’s sharks and make your diver plum the comments abyss

The Game of Thrones Intro Recreated with Slime Mold Is Glorious

A mysterious disease has been killing ducks and eagles in Florida’s wetlands—and this endangered bird could be next.

The star-nosed mole gets a 10/10 review

End of the line for Santa Cruz Biotech, serial violator of Animal Welfare Act

The latest case study for my Theory of Maximally Ironic Misconduct

Protective gene offers hope for next blockbuster heart drug

Nile crocodiles in Florida. Just to spice things up.

How the media fell for an ‘anti-Zika’ condom stunt

Kinetic Artwork that Sorts Thousands of Random River Stones by Age

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