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- A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France
- This Fly’s Sperm Is One Thousand Times Longer Than Human Sperm
- Release the Kraken
- Using CRISPR to Learn How a Body Builds Itself
“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.
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.
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