I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (7 May 2016)

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Top picks

From me at the Atlantic:

Stem-cell plan aims to bring the Northern white rhino back from brink of extinction. Ewen Callaway reports.

Really fascinating read from Amos Zeeberg about all the colours that we’re missing from our screens

Everything You Need to Know About the Theranos Saga So Far. By Nick Stockton

How to Get Rid of a Dead, Rotting Whale on Your Beach (Hint: Don’t Blow It Up). By Sarah Zhang

The tough sell of $1-million gene therapy cures, by Antonio Regalado.

What if we had universal translators? Rose Eveleth considers another possible future.

A new Biggest Loser study shows the perils of turning weight loss into a spectator sport. By Julia Belluz

A Mine vs. a Million Monarchs – Dan Fagin on another challenge facing the iconic butterfly

Found: A Mesmerizing Jellyfish With Bright Yellow Gonads. By Sarah Laskow.

Swimmer mistakes sea urchins for mines, calls the Navy. By Sarah Keartes

How a weasel took down the world’s biggest particle smasher. By Geoff Brumfiel

Who debunks the debunkers? Daniel Engber on “a rumor passed around by skeptics — a myth about myth-busting”.

What’s Behind Slovenia’s Love Affair with a Salamander?  One of my favourite people Meehan Crist writes about one of my favourite animals, the olm

Such a good Rose Eveleth piece contrasting the RFID chip in her hand and the IUD in her uterus

A worm that plagued the American South—and bred stereotypes about lazy Southerners. By Rachel Nuwer.

The sixth-season premiere of Game of Thrones taps into a longstanding (and sexist) trope: anxieties about women being something other than they seem. By Megan Garber

Audubon Made Up At Least 28 Fake Species To Prank A Rival. The prank lasted almost 200 years. By Sarah Laskow

The Twilight State Between Wakefulness and Sleep is a Window into Consciousness. The wonderful Vaughan Bell makes his Atlantic debut

Veronique Greenwood writes about learning Mandarin as an adult.


“Is Empty Nose Syndrome Real? And If Not, Why Are People Killing Themselves Over It?”

Great Q&A with Emily Willingham and Tara Haelle, authors of “The Informed Parent.”

A ‘semantic atlas’ of the human brain – mapping the neural responses to 10,000 English words

Let people most affected by gene editing write CRISPR rules

Gotta get diseases early: Eradication of ‘sudden oak death’ disease is no longer possible in California

A bot was programmed to randomly pick 3-D printing models on Thingiverse, remix them, post the results

Snakebites kill up to 94,000 people worldwide every year—but a new, powerful antivenom may help reduce that number.

New Amazon Frog Named After Mythical Monster

Where Dead Whales Go to Live. A peek at the  Smithsonian Institution’s marine mammal warehouses.

In science, it matters that women come last

Nearly one-third of antibiotics are prescribed unnecessarily

The New Yorker screws up big time with science: researchers criticize the Mukherjee piece on epigenetics

This week’s story about an “autonomous” robot surgeon? Sarah Zhang has the best report on it

Cattle drug threatens thousands of vultures

Bravo on this headline

T he long, strangely passionate debate in England over American squirrels

Here’s your brain on stories

A comprehensive profile of CRISPR pioneer Emmanuelle Charpentier

In one of the most extreme examples, a single fruit fly gene makes more than 38,000 different proteins.

Plant protein Luminidependens behaves like a prion

The “pain matrix” isn’t actually about pain. Nice what-are-we-really-measuring-here by @jenlucpiquant

Fluorescent sharks, and the camera that lets us see through their eyes

Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured

Did wolves save Yellowstone? Not so fast

Scientists who do ‘wasteful’ federally funded research go talk to Congress about it

A review of Dave Hone’s new book on tyrannosaurs

This microbiologist loves bugs, hates hype — and wants you to send him your cat’s poop



This aerial video of sheep herding is the most oddly satisfying thing you’ll watch all day

John Oliver gives periodical cicadas a quick but informative overview of the last 17 years