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Imagine Science Films603,648On September 25 at 11AM (EST), #Experimenta invites the legendary +Carl Zimmer  for a discussion about the marriage between science and moving images and his Jury Emeritus status at Imagine Science Films. Join us for a dissection into the raw matter that makes up scientific movie-making.Into The Dark Matter of Scientific Movie-Making With Carl Zimmer2013-09-25 17:00:0038  

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2015-04-09 19:37:52 (134 comments, 8 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Has evolution helped make the Dutch the tallest people on Earth? I look at the evidence in my column this week in The New York Times​ http://t.co/iHyOfmdx3s

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2015-05-06 19:43:17 (19 comments, 28 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Scientists have found the Archaeopteryx of our complex cells. Here's my story for The New York Times  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/science/under-the-sea-a-missing-link-in-the-evolution-of-complex-cells.html?_r=0

Most plusones: 63

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2015-03-05 15:30:43 (7 comments, 11 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

I tested my genome against an onion's and lost, big time. Here's my genomic report, with notes from T. Ryan Gregory.  Why does an onion need five times more DNA than us? I explore that question in a story about junk DNA in this Sunday's edition of The New York Times​ magazine: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/magazine/is-most-of-our-dna-garbage.html?smid=tw-nytmag

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2015-06-22 19:41:38 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Neuroscientists have identified a new condition with an awesome name: aphantasia. It's the lack of a mind's eye. My little piece of the story: A piece I wrote five years ago helped the scientists find enough aphantasaics to study. So how well do you see mental images?

Neuroscientists have identified a new condition with an awesome name: aphantasia. It's the lack of a mind's eye. My little piece of the story: A piece I wrote five years ago helped the scientists find enough aphantasaics to study. So how well do you see mental images?___

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2015-06-18 21:31:09 (1 comments, 13 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Scientists have retrieved the 8500-year-old genome of Kennewick Man. I write in the New York Times about what his DNA tells us about the peopling of the New World. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/science/new-dna-results-show-kennewick-man-was-native-american.html

Scientists have retrieved the 8500-year-old genome of Kennewick Man. I write in the New York Times about what his DNA tells us about the peopling of the New World. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/science/new-dna-results-show-kennewick-man-was-native-american.html___

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2015-06-10 19:44:39 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Are you Yamnaya? If you're European, chances are you've got some DNA from these mysterious Bronze Age nomads. I take a look at new genetic histories of Europe in my latest column for The New York Times​ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/science/dna-deciphers-roots-of-modern-europeans.html

Are you Yamnaya? If you're European, chances are you've got some DNA from these mysterious Bronze Age nomads. I take a look at new genetic histories of Europe in my latest column for The New York Times​ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/science/dna-deciphers-roots-of-modern-europeans.html___

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2015-05-29 23:55:44 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Here's a disturbing mystery. The saiga is an Asian species of antelope with a face drawn by Dr. Seuss. In the past two weeks, over a third of the entire species has dropped dead of an unknown disease--possibly opportunistic infections taking advantage of weakened animals. I talked to saiga experts about this distressing outbreak for a story in The New York Times​ 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/science/saiga-antelope-mystery-disease-die-off.html

Here's a disturbing mystery. The saiga is an Asian species of antelope with a face drawn by Dr. Seuss. In the past two weeks, over a third of the entire species has dropped dead of an unknown disease--possibly opportunistic infections taking advantage of weakened animals. I talked to saiga experts about this distressing outbreak for a story in The New York Times​ 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/science/saiga-antelope-mystery-disease-die-off.html___

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2015-05-28 17:28:56 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: Save the soul-sucking zombie-makers! http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/28/save-the-zombie-makers/

New on the Loom: Save the soul-sucking zombie-makers! http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/28/save-the-zombie-makers/___

2015-05-27 16:51:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: Kangaroos sometimes adopt babies (a k a joeys). Scientists think it's an example of evolution's far-from-perfect powers.
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/27/the-mystery-of-kangaroo-adoptions/

New on the Loom: Kangaroos sometimes adopt babies (a k a joeys). Scientists think it's an example of evolution's far-from-perfect powers.
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/27/the-mystery-of-kangaroo-adoptions/___

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2015-05-21 20:09:52 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The ocean is home to 10000000000000000000000000000000 viruses. In Quanta Magazine​ I write about a worldwide expedition scientists took to catalog their species and start figuring out what effect they have on the biosphere. https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150521-ocean-viruses

The ocean is home to 10000000000000000000000000000000 viruses. In Quanta Magazine​ I write about a worldwide expedition scientists took to catalog their species and start figuring out what effect they have on the biosphere. https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150521-ocean-viruses___

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2015-05-20 22:30:38 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Does an octopus’s whole body sense light like an eye? I look at some intriguing studies for my column for The New York Times​ http://t.co/Rc2PFhXRMO

Does an octopus’s whole body sense light like an eye? I look at some intriguing studies for my column for The New York Times​ http://t.co/Rc2PFhXRMO___

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2015-05-15 14:58:36 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: Bamboo has flower cycles that can last up to 120 years. Some elegantly simple math may explain why. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/15/bamboo-mathematicians/

New on the Loom: Bamboo has flower cycles that can last up to 120 years. Some elegantly simple math may explain why. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/15/bamboo-mathematicians/___

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2015-05-12 14:27:42 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Two years ago I published my first "Matter" column in The New York Times. I have to say that a weekly column definitely kicks the passing of time into overdrive. To kick off Year Three, here's a column on the quest to reverse evolution and engineer dino-chickens. 

Two years ago I published my first "Matter" column in The New York Times. I have to say that a weekly column definitely kicks the passing of time into overdrive. To kick off Year Three, here's a column on the quest to reverse evolution and engineer dino-chickens. ___

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2015-05-06 19:43:17 (19 comments, 28 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Scientists have found the Archaeopteryx of our complex cells. Here's my story for The New York Times  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/science/under-the-sea-a-missing-link-in-the-evolution-of-complex-cells.html?_r=0

Scientists have found the Archaeopteryx of our complex cells. Here's my story for The New York Times  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/science/under-the-sea-a-missing-link-in-the-evolution-of-complex-cells.html?_r=0___

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2015-04-30 18:08:11 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Climate change could threaten one in six species with extinction, according to a new study I write about today in The New York Times​. But the reality might turn out to be even worse. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/science/new-estimates-for-extinctions-global-warming-could-cause.html

Climate change could threaten one in six species with extinction, according to a new study I write about today in The New York Times​. But the reality might turn out to be even worse. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/science/new-estimates-for-extinctions-global-warming-could-cause.html___

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2015-04-23 21:41:04 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Now for a little natural genetic modification of embryos...our ancestors got infected with viruses that now take up 8 percent of our genome. And some of them may wake up again at the earliest stages of development--perhaps protecting embryos from infection from other viruses. Freaky? You bet. But possibly true. Here's my column for The New York Times​ on the research. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/23/science/ancient-viruses-once-foes-may-now-serve-as-friends.html?_r=0&referrer=

Now for a little natural genetic modification of embryos...our ancestors got infected with viruses that now take up 8 percent of our genome. And some of them may wake up again at the earliest stages of development--perhaps protecting embryos from infection from other viruses. Freaky? You bet. But possibly true. Here's my column for The New York Times​ on the research. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/23/science/ancient-viruses-once-foes-may-now-serve-as-friends.html?_r=0&referrer=___

2015-04-22 22:42:34 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Here’s an explainer I wrote about today’s big news on editing human embryos. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/22/editing-human-embryos-so-this-happened/

Here’s an explainer I wrote about today’s big news on editing human embryos. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/22/editing-human-embryos-so-this-happened/___

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2015-04-21 15:54:08 (20 comments, 7 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom! The day Darwin stepped into a cage with an orangutan. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/21/when-darwin-met-another-ape/

New on the Loom! The day Darwin stepped into a cage with an orangutan. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/21/when-darwin-met-another-ape/___

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2015-04-09 19:37:52 (134 comments, 8 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Has evolution helped make the Dutch the tallest people on Earth? I look at the evidence in my column this week in The New York Times​ http://t.co/iHyOfmdx3s

Has evolution helped make the Dutch the tallest people on Earth? I look at the evidence in my column this week in The New York Times​ http://t.co/iHyOfmdx3s___

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2015-04-07 16:23:03 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Are allergies actually good for us? Here's a profile I've written for Mosaic Science​ of Ruslan Medzhitov, one of the world's greatest immunologists. He thinks the answer is yes. http://mosaicscience.com/story/why-do-we-have-allergies

Are allergies actually good for us? Here's a profile I've written for Mosaic Science​ of Ruslan Medzhitov, one of the world's greatest immunologists. He thinks the answer is yes. http://mosaicscience.com/story/why-do-we-have-allergies___

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2015-04-02 19:10:13 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

For my latest column for The New York Times​, an ode to the essential, peculiar diaphragm muscle http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/science/behind-each-breath-an-underappreciated-muscle-the-diaphragm.html

For my latest column for The New York Times​, an ode to the essential, peculiar diaphragm muscle http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/science/behind-each-breath-an-underappreciated-muscle-the-diaphragm.html___

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2015-03-25 19:19:28 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Scientists in Iceland can now look at the entire country's genomes to find disease-related genes. I look at this project in my new column for The New York Times​ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/science/in-icelands-dna-clues-to-what-genes-may-cause-disease.html

Scientists in Iceland can now look at the entire country's genomes to find disease-related genes. I look at this project in my new column for The New York Times​ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/science/in-icelands-dna-clues-to-what-genes-may-cause-disease.html___

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2015-03-24 13:04:39 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: Lemon-scented malaria? A weird possibility 1.3 billion years in the making http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/24/lemon-scented-malaria/

New on the Loom: Lemon-scented malaria? A weird possibility 1.3 billion years in the making http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/24/lemon-scented-malaria/___

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2015-03-19 15:14:42 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Darwin in your kitchen: in my latest column for The New York Times​, I look at the evolution of the indoor biome http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/science/the-next-frontier-the-great-indoors.html

Darwin in your kitchen: in my latest column for The New York Times​, I look at the evolution of the indoor biome http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/science/the-next-frontier-the-great-indoors.html___

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2015-03-12 17:39:48 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Arsenic, mummies, natural selection in humans, and the driest place on Earth. All in my New York Times​ column this week!  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/13/science/an-unlikely-driver-of-evolution-arsenic.html

Arsenic, mummies, natural selection in humans, and the driest place on Earth. All in my New York Times​ column this week!  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/13/science/an-unlikely-driver-of-evolution-arsenic.html___

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2015-03-10 18:01:48 (5 comments, 19 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: A whale on the wrong side of the world. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/10/whales-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-world/

New on the Loom: A whale on the wrong side of the world. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/10/whales-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-world/___

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2015-03-09 20:31:06 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Can gene therapy succeed where conventional vaccines fall short? In The New York Times​ I look at a method called "immunoprophylaxis by gene transfer" that's showing promising signs of working against diseases including HIV and malaria. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/health/protection-without-a-vaccine.html?ref=health

Can gene therapy succeed where conventional vaccines fall short? In The New York Times​ I look at a method called "immunoprophylaxis by gene transfer" that's showing promising signs of working against diseases including HIV and malaria. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/health/protection-without-a-vaccine.html?ref=health___

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2015-03-05 15:30:43 (7 comments, 11 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

I tested my genome against an onion's and lost, big time. Here's my genomic report, with notes from T. Ryan Gregory.  Why does an onion need five times more DNA than us? I explore that question in a story about junk DNA in this Sunday's edition of The New York Times​ magazine: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/magazine/is-most-of-our-dna-garbage.html?smid=tw-nytmag

I tested my genome against an onion's and lost, big time. Here's my genomic report, with notes from T. Ryan Gregory.  Why does an onion need five times more DNA than us? I explore that question in a story about junk DNA in this Sunday's edition of The New York Times​ magazine: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/magazine/is-most-of-our-dna-garbage.html?smid=tw-nytmag___

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2015-03-02 20:16:46 (1 comments, 16 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

The origin of HIV was not a single jump of a virus into humans. It was more like an onslaught. After 30 years, the discovery of new HIV-like viruses in gorillas drops the last pieces of the puzzle in place. Here's my report in The New York Times​  

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/02/science/two-strains-of-hiv-cut-vastly-different-paths.html

The origin of HIV was not a single jump of a virus into humans. It was more like an onslaught. After 30 years, the discovery of new HIV-like viruses in gorillas drops the last pieces of the puzzle in place. Here's my report in The New York Times​  

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/02/science/two-strains-of-hiv-cut-vastly-different-paths.html___

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2015-03-02 14:06:41 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: We have a stunningly swift sense for numbers http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/02/we-are-instant-number-crunchers/

New on the Loom: We have a stunningly swift sense for numbers http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/02/we-are-instant-number-crunchers/___

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2015-02-27 17:23:43 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Meet the turquoise killifish, the subject of my latest column for The New York Times​. It's an animal that packs a lifetime into a few months. Scientists are now studying it for clues about how we grow old.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/science/in-short-lived-fish-secrets-to-aging.html

Meet the turquoise killifish, the subject of my latest column for The New York Times​. It's an animal that packs a lifetime into a few months. Scientists are now studying it for clues about how we grow old.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/science/in-short-lived-fish-secrets-to-aging.html___

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2015-02-26 14:17:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I'll be on WNPR at 1 pm ET today to talk about the mysteries of the microbiome Listen live here: http://wnpr.org [PS: that photo isn't of me]

I'll be on WNPR at 1 pm ET today to talk about the mysteries of the microbiome Listen live here: http://wnpr.org [PS: that photo isn't of me]___

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2015-02-23 01:18:41 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: some scientists have revived the notion of airborne Ebola. Most experts I talked to were unimpressed.  http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/22/is-it-worth-imagining-airborne-ebola/

New on the Loom: some scientists have revived the notion of airborne Ebola. Most experts I talked to were unimpressed.  http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/22/is-it-worth-imagining-airborne-ebola/___

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2015-02-12 17:54:17 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

A small fraction of the neurons in our brains are a mysterious giant type of cell called von Economo neurons. Old people with exceptional memories have lots of extra von Economo neurons. I look at what this discovery might mean in my new column for The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/science/studying-oversize-brain-cells-for-links-to-exceptional-memory.html?_r=0

A small fraction of the neurons in our brains are a mysterious giant type of cell called von Economo neurons. Old people with exceptional memories have lots of extra von Economo neurons. I look at what this discovery might mean in my new column for The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/science/studying-oversize-brain-cells-for-links-to-exceptional-memory.html?_r=0___

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2015-02-11 02:49:18 (6 comments, 13 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Neuroparasitology on the Loom: How a parasitic wasp uses a virus to warp the mind of its host. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/10/parasites-within-parasites/

Neuroparasitology on the Loom: How a parasitic wasp uses a virus to warp the mind of its host. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/10/parasites-within-parasites/___

2015-02-06 21:33:27 (2 comments, 14 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

There's a revolution afoot in the world of biotechnology. A technique called CRISPR makes editing genes remarkably easy. But what people may not know is that CRISPR is a natural form of biotechnology, which gives bacteria power over their enemies. I look at the natural history of CRISPR in a feature for Quanta Magazine today.  https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150206-crispr-dna-editor-bacteria/

There's a revolution afoot in the world of biotechnology. A technique called CRISPR makes editing genes remarkably easy. But what people may not know is that CRISPR is a natural form of biotechnology, which gives bacteria power over their enemies. I look at the natural history of CRISPR in a feature for Quanta Magazine today.  https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150206-crispr-dna-editor-bacteria/___

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2015-02-05 20:13:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Measles in the morning. Bed bugs in the afternoon. It's the life of a science writer! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/science/in-bedbugs-scientists-see-a-model-of-evolution.html?_r=0

Measles in the morning. Bed bugs in the afternoon. It's the life of a science writer! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/science/in-bedbugs-scientists-see-a-model-of-evolution.html?_r=0___

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2015-02-05 15:22:15 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

On the Loom today, I take a look at the biology that makes the measles virus so contagious (and why, paradoxically, that means we could eradicate it from the Earth) http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/05/how-the-measles-virus-became-a-master-of-contagion/

On the Loom today, I take a look at the biology that makes the measles virus so contagious (and why, paradoxically, that means we could eradicate it from the Earth) http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/05/how-the-measles-virus-became-a-master-of-contagion/___

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2015-02-02 14:10:45 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: Our 40-million-year struggle with the viruses that make up 8% of our genome. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/01/our-inner-viruses-forty-million-years-in-the-making/

New on the Loom: Our 40-million-year struggle with the viruses that make up 8% of our genome. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/01/our-inner-viruses-forty-million-years-in-the-making/___

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2015-01-29 20:11:39 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

In my column this week for the New York Times, I look at how cancer cells cooperate with each other to survive--and cheat on each other, too. Undermining the social life of cancer might someday become a way to attack the disease. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/29/science/in-the-way-cancer-cells-work-together-a-possible-tool-for-their-demise.html

In my column this week for the New York Times, I look at how cancer cells cooperate with each other to survive--and cheat on each other, too. Undermining the social life of cancer might someday become a way to attack the disease. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/29/science/in-the-way-cancer-cells-work-together-a-possible-tool-for-their-demise.html___

2015-01-22 18:40:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The DNA of wildlife is all around us. I write about scientists gathering up these loose genes in my latest New York Times column http://nyti.ms/1E6mfdd

The DNA of wildlife is all around us. I write about scientists gathering up these loose genes in my latest New York Times column http://nyti.ms/1E6mfdd___

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2015-01-21 18:31:25 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: Scientists have engineered bacteria that can only survive if they get molecules that don't exist in nature. Have they created safe GMOs? And have they created an alternative form of life.

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/21/frankenstein-cant-come-out-and-play-today/

New on the Loom: Scientists have engineered bacteria that can only survive if they get molecules that don't exist in nature. Have they created safe GMOs? And have they created an alternative form of life.

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/21/frankenstein-cant-come-out-and-play-today/___

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2015-01-19 16:11:35 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

On the Loom, I look at an intriguing hypothesis: does the microbiome rise up in mutiny when we get old?

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/19/can-the-microbiome-mutiny/

On the Loom, I look at an intriguing hypothesis: does the microbiome rise up in mutiny when we get old?

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/19/can-the-microbiome-mutiny/___

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2015-01-15 19:23:39 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

The oceans are still wild—but not for long unless we slow their industrialization. I look at a new analysis of marine life for my latest New York Times column: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/science/earth/study-raises-alarm-for-health-of-ocean-life.html

The oceans are still wild—but not for long unless we slow their industrialization. I look at a new analysis of marine life for my latest New York Times column: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/science/earth/study-raises-alarm-for-health-of-ocean-life.html___

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2015-01-08 22:00:31 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The common cold is the topic of my column this week for The New York Times: Do rhinoviruses find shelter from our immune system in the cool confines of our nose? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/health/unraveling-the-key-to-a-cold-viruss-effectiveness.html?smid=pl-share

The common cold is the topic of my column this week for The New York Times: Do rhinoviruses find shelter from our immune system in the cool confines of our nose? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/health/unraveling-the-key-to-a-cold-viruss-effectiveness.html?smid=pl-share___

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2015-01-05 14:07:45 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Here's an essay I wrote on the strange sex life of little animals for  "This View of Life," a magazine about evolution. https://evolution-institute.org/article/can-hermaphrodites-teach-us-what-it-means-to-be-male/ 

Here's an essay I wrote on the strange sex life of little animals for  "This View of Life," a magazine about evolution. https://evolution-institute.org/article/can-hermaphrodites-teach-us-what-it-means-to-be-male/ ___

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2015-01-01 15:28:44 (7 comments, 9 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

As we celebrate a new year, here's a piece I've written for the New York Times on genes and time. There's a gene called FTO that has shown the clearest impact of any gene on weight & risk of obesity. But it turns out it only causes risk to people born after the mid-1940s. Disease genes may go in and out of fashion, as it were.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/science/gene-linked-to-obesity-hasnt-always-been-a-problem-study-finds.html

As we celebrate a new year, here's a piece I've written for the New York Times on genes and time. There's a gene called FTO that has shown the clearest impact of any gene on weight & risk of obesity. But it turns out it only causes risk to people born after the mid-1940s. Disease genes may go in and out of fashion, as it were.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/science/gene-linked-to-obesity-hasnt-always-been-a-problem-study-finds.html___

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2014-12-24 19:16:42 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

For my latest piece for the New York Times, I write about a new map of America's genetic mixing--and the "Pocahontas Exception."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/science/23andme-genetic-ethnicity-study.html

For my latest piece for the New York Times, I write about a new map of America's genetic mixing--and the "Pocahontas Exception."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/science/23andme-genetic-ethnicity-study.html___

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2014-12-18 21:56:23 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Instant speciation? In my new column for The New York Times I tell the strange tale of Aspidoscelis neavesi. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/science/strange-tale-of-new-species-of-lizard.html?ref=science

Instant speciation? In my new column for The New York Times I tell the strange tale of Aspidoscelis neavesi. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/science/strange-tale-of-new-species-of-lizard.html?ref=science___

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2014-12-17 00:08:47 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: the latest advances towards a brain-machine interface for paralyzed people. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/12/16/wifi-brain-implants-for-robot-arms/

New on the Loom: the latest advances towards a brain-machine interface for paralyzed people. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/12/16/wifi-brain-implants-for-robot-arms/___

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2014-12-11 23:13:02 (8 comments, 15 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

We’ve been fighting for iron with deadly bacteria for 40 million years. See my New York Times column today for the epic details http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/science/an-evolutionary-battle-against-bacteria.html

We’ve been fighting for iron with deadly bacteria for 40 million years. See my New York Times column today for the epic details http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/science/an-evolutionary-battle-against-bacteria.html___

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2014-12-10 14:54:59 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

New on the Loom: Nature is endlessly strange. Here's a baby bird that pretends to be a Dr. Seuss-like poisonous caterpillar. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/12/10/the-caterpillar-defense/

New on the Loom: Nature is endlessly strange. Here's a baby bird that pretends to be a Dr. Seuss-like poisonous caterpillar. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/12/10/the-caterpillar-defense/___

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2014-12-10 14:05:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Chemistry World reviews Science Ink http://t.co/1gMF5S1Rkq Need a gift? http://t.co/zhF6glJJIP 

Chemistry World reviews Science Ink http://t.co/1gMF5S1Rkq Need a gift? http://t.co/zhF6glJJIP ___

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