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Science writer, freelance journalist, husband. I CONTAIN MULTITUDES--on partnerships between animals & microbes--out in 2016. http://flavors.me/edyong

The Ed's Up #55

By Ed Yong
tinyletter.com — For 50 years, the dinosaur was just a pair of arms. Now, two specimens reveal the full body of Deinocheirus: a T.rex-sized, horse-faced, duck-billed, toothless, hump-backed, huge-clawed, fan-tailed, Jar Jar Binks-lookalike. It was... rather weird. (Image: Yuong-Nam Lee) A antibacterial gene has jumped into every major branch of life: animals, plants, fungi, archaea, other bacteira, and even some viruses.

How An Antibiotic Gene Jumped All Over The Tree of Life

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Every living thing on the planet has to contend with bacteria. To many viruses, they are prey. To other bacteria, they are competitors. To animals and plants, they can be the cause of devastating diseases or beneficial partners that provide everything from nutrition to immunity to light.

Deinocheirus Exposed: Meet The Body Behind the Terrible Hand

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — For 50 years, the dinosaur was just a pair of arms. But what arms! Each was eight feet (2.4 metres) long, and ended in three eight-inch (20-centimetre) claws. You can understand why the scientists who discovered this beast called it Deinocheirus mirificus, from the Greek for "terrible hand, which is unusual".

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (18 October 2014)

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Sign up for The Ed's Up -a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from around the Internet. Top picks Carl Zimmer returns to the world of mind-controlling parasites in the new National Geographic. It comes with the most beautiful gallery of parasites I've ever seen.

How Jetlag Disrupts The Ticks of Your Microbial Clock

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Your genome is the same right now as it was yesterday, last week, last year, or the day you were born. But your microbiomes-the combined genes of all the trillions of microbes that share your body-have shifted since the sun came up this morning. And they will change again before the next sunrise.

A Flood of Borrowed Genes at the Origins of Tiny Extremists

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — We love origin stories. When we see successful groups of animals and plants, we wonder where they came from, and how they rose to power. How did the tetrapods-the group of four-legged animals that we belong to-start walking on land? What made the insects the most diverse group of animals on the planet?

ScienceOnline's demise

By Ed Yong
storify.com — Yep, pretty much this. Everyone else STFU okay?

Caterpillars use bacteria to produce green islands in yellowing leaves

By Ed Yong
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — In autumn, as green hues give way to yellows and oranges, some leaves develop mysterious green islands, where life apparently holds fast against the usual seasonal decay. These defiant patches still continue the business of photosynthesis long after the rest of the leaf has withered. They aren't the tree's doing.

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (11 October 2014)

By Ed Yong
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Sign up for The Ed's Up -a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from around the Internet. Top picks The largest, oldest creature on Earth? David George Haskell on the trembling aspen called Pando Is evolution replicable?

Cave-Exploring Snake Robot Gets Inspiration From Sidewinders

By Ed Yong
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Three years ago, a robotic snake called Elizabeth slithered into Egyptian caves to search for long-hidden ships. The caves lie on Egypt's east coast, and contained the dismantled remnants of vessels that the Egyptians used to sail the Red Sea. They were discovered about a decade ago and some have surrendered their secrets with relative ease.
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Oct 25, 2014

@DavidQuammen @David_Dobbs @HelenBranswell I appreciate that it’s an unforgiving stance but I don’t think it’s unjustified either

Oct 25, 2014

@DavidQuammen @David_Dobbs @HelenBranswell I’m not reading that. Lots of good work out there; no second chances for untrusted writers.

Oct 24, 2014

@emilybell That's either a compliment or the most depressing thing I've ever heard.

Oct 24, 2014

@stevesilberman I mean I trust you not to send me to the Daily Mail or Upworthy, but I also like to be able to actively avoid those outcomes

Oct 24, 2014

RT @carlzimmer: How an antibiotic gene jumped all around the tree of life. Research by @Symbionticism &co. reported by @edyong209 http://t.…

Oct 24, 2014

@stevesilberman Not *issue*. But helpful to see where a link is going, and since Twitter now auto-shortens, other shorteners are irrelevant

Oct 24, 2014

I… was not ready for that image. RT @mslopatto: This is 100% disgusting, would read it again blogs.discovermagazine.com/bodyhorrors/20…

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