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The founders of Pleistocene Park hope so. “It will be cute to have mammoths running around here,” the park manager told our associate editor Ross Andersen. “But I’m not doing this for them … I’m doing this for humans.”
5. The anus is an evolutionary wonder.
“To tap into our origins, we’ll need to take a closer look at our extremities,” suggests Katherine J. Wu.
Watch. Our reviewer Megan Garber recently reviewed two old, newly refreshed franchises. Neither. from disney Cruel “takes a villain par excellence and nuances his character in oblivion”, while the new Friends special meeting “spends nearly two hours frantically arguing that [the show’s] ubiquity is deserved.
On a brighter note, HBO Max’s Hacks finally gives actor Jean Smart the kind of role she deserves, writes Sophie Gilbert.
Lily. Start your summer reading with our new book guide.
Listen. Radiohead Amnesiac at 20 years. Our writer Spencer Kornhaber argues that the 2001 album could be the best of the group.
On this week Social distance podcast, our hosts discuss revolutionary infections and lonely puppies.
Eat. If you’re especially brave, you can try a vegan chocolate-covered cicada, like this writer did.
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