What Does the Dinosaur Say? (Vox)
by Noam Hassenfeld
Dinosaurs probably didn’t really sound like the ones in Jurassic Park. But what sounds did they make? Scientists have guesses based on the vocalizations of alligators, ostriches, and even sandpipers.
Listening to the Universe (The Atlantic)
by Marina Koren
What happens when scientists translate the energy emitted by distant galaxies or our own Milky Way into sounds? Sometimes, it’s a little scary.
Should You Get Tested for That New Disease? (FiveThirtyEight)
by Maggie Koerth
Who should be tested for monkeypox? Who should have gotten tested for COVID-19 back at the start of the pandemic? For Ebola? There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, and it’s not easy to tell which way to go with a newly spreading illness.
The Trouble With White Bread Jokes (Bon Appetit)
by Jenny G. Zhang
The jokes about white people and mayonnaise are always good for making the internet laugh. But what do they say about how we conceptualize the near-infinite world of “non-white” food?
Birth and Death in Real Medieval Europe (Slate)
by Rebecca Onion
A much-discussed scene in the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon shows the mistreatment of a woman giving birth. Historians explain why it doesn’t really track with practices in Medieval Europe.
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