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Carl Zimmer's Biography

Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times, where his "Matter" column appears each week. He also writes for magazines such as National Geographic and Wired and is the author of a dozen books. Zimmer joined the staff of Discover in 1990 and served there as a senior editor from 1995 to 1999 (he remains a contributing editor). Zimmer has earned awards from the National Academies and the ...

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How Scientists Stalked a Lethal Superbug-With the Killer's Own DNA | Wired Science |

How Scientists Stalked a Lethal Superbug-With the Killer's Own DNA | Wired Science |

What was your first job as a journalist?

Summer intern at the Hunterdon County Democrat

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I actually owned a manual typewriter as a kid.

How is social media changing news?

The audience is no longer silent. News has become a conversation.

Crows May Learn Lessons From Death — In recent years, a peculiar sort of public performance has taken place periodically on the sidewalks of Seattle. It begins with a woman named Kaeli N. Swift sprinkling peanuts and cheese puffs on the ground. Crows swoop in to feed on the snacks.
Oct 01, 2015

.@carlzimmer reports that crows may learn lessons from death BUT DO THEY LEARN LESSONS FROM LOVE CARL

Oct 01, 2015

RT @NYTScience: Live crows are bothered by the presence of a dead crow, and they're not quiet about it

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More Stories, Always More Stories — After a long stretch of quiet here on the Loom, I wanted to let you know what I've been up to, and what I'm going to be up to over the next couple years. I've got some new projects afoot. 1.
Sep 24, 2015

Here’s a quick note about what I’ll be up to for the next couple years, writing-wise:…

Sep 24, 2015

RT @carlzimmer: Here’s a quick note about what I’ll be up to for the next couple years, writing-wise:…

Behold, For *I* am the Giant Flatulent Raccoon! — I just want to make one thing clear. When Ann Coulter talks about her Giant Raccoon Flatulence Theory, she's talking about me. Don't let anyone else tell you that they are a giant flatulent raccoon. They're all just a bunch of wannabes. For I am the One True Giant Flatulent Raccoon.
Sep 22, 2015

Bet it will! For evidence, here's the story of how Ann Coulter called me a flatulent raccoon……

Un ‘souvenir’ del embarazo: células que no son tuyas — Hace poco, un equipo de patólogos del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Leiden, en Holanda, llevaba a cabo un experimento que podría parecer condenado al fracaso. Tomaron muestras de tejidos de 26 mujeres que habían muerto durante el embarazo o inmediatamente después. Todas ellas habían estado embarazadas de hijos varones.

My talks on Pinterest | Science, The Human Brain and Radios

Sep 17, 2015

@ThePup69 The choice to film is always up to my hosts. I’ve collected most of my taped talks online here:…

Can Scientists Predict the Future of Evolution? | Quanta Magazine — Michael Lässig can be certain that if he steps out of his home in Cologne, Germany, on the night of Jan. 19, 2030 - assuming he's still alive and the sky is clear - he will see a full moon. Lässig's confidence doesn't come from psychic messages he's receiving from the future.

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes, study suggests — A pregnancy souvenir: some cells that are not your own. Photo: iStock Recently, a team of pathologists at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands carried out an experiment that might seem doomed to failure. They collected tissue from 26 women who had died during or just after pregnancy.

Mimicry is a clever defense: Deceptive animals disguise themselves to trick would-be predators — The Canadian tiger swallowtail caterpillar is a plump green creature that spends all its time munching leaves. It ought to be an easy meal for a bird, yet many birds pass it by.The caterpillar is protected by a remarkable defense, researchers have found: It tricks birds into thin...

Warming Oceans Putting Marine Life ‘In a Blender’ — Up in Maine, lobsters are thriving. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission reported last month that stocks there have reached a record high. Down the coast, however, the story is different. In southern New England, lobster stocks have plummeted to the lowest levels ever recorded, putting many lobstermen out of business.
Sep 03, 2015

Warming Oceans Putting Marine Life ‘In a Blender’

Sep 03, 2015

We may be turning the world’s oceans into an ecological blender. That’s the subject of my @nytimes column this week:…

Sep 04, 2015

Poleward Migration: Warming Oceans Put Marine Life ‘In a Blender’ @carlzimmer .@natureclimate…

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Fighting the Second Skeleton — Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is an incredibly rare disease, striking just one out of every two million people. It's also an incredibly astonishing disease. A single mutation to a single gene causes muscles to spontaneously turn into new bones. Over time, people with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP for short) grow a second skeleton-one that can cut their lives short.
Sep 02, 2015

Fighting the Second Skeleton. @carlzimmer on recent findings on FOP, the strange bone disease he wrote of in 2013.…

Sep 02, 2015

On the Loom, I offer the latest chapter in the story of FOP, a disease that makes you grow a second skeleton.…

Sep 02, 2015

RT @carlzimmer: On the Loom, I offer the latest chapter in the story of FOP, a disease that makes you grow a second skeleton.…

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Oct 06, 2015

RT @deborahblum: Fire ant rafts. Brilliant! Not even record flooding can stop fire ants in South Carolina via @wncn

Oct 05, 2015

Life in America: 11-year-old kills 8-year-old with shotgun in argument over puppies.…

Oct 05, 2015

RT @statnews: "Is there some way I can verify this?" William Campbell on hearing from a reporter that he'd won a #NobelPrize.

Oct 05, 2015

RT @SamInteractive: 368 road, 159 bridge closures across SC. 6pm SCDOT update is 23 pages long. #scflood

Oct 05, 2015

RT @NYTScience: When you study ape memory, sometimes you're going to need to wear an ape suit

Oct 05, 2015

@pknoepfler I’m not seeing anything too new. But Nancy Wexler is on now, talking about her life investigating Huntington's. Can’t beat that.

Oct 05, 2015

@pknoepfler I've got it on as I work. Catching the most I can manage. You?

Oct 05, 2015

RT @IndyTech: The ‘biggest global threat to the internet’ was just approved, in secret

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