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

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.

To study vampire spiders, build Frankenstein mosquitoes

By Ed Yong
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — In a swarm of buzzing mosquitoes, every insect probably looks the same to you. You wouldn't notice that some have swollen abdomens, engorged with red blood, while others are hungry and empty. You wouldn't differentiate between the antennae of the males (fluffy) and the females (straight).

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (4 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 In the past 40 years, we have killed half of our back-boned animals. Just let the enormity of that sink in.

The Ed's Up #52

By Ed Yong
tinyletter.com — "The human genome is engaged in a similar evolutionary arms race... against itself. The opponents are jumping genes called retrotransposons that can hop around the genome. They increase in number by copying themselves and pasting the duplicates into new locations. If they land in the wrong place, which is perhaps more likely, they could cause diseases by disrupting important genes.
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @pourmecoffee: Michael Nichols named Wildlife Photographer of the Year for this incredible sleepover telegraph.co.uk/travel/traveln… pic.twitter.com/lPLr2gtI7i

Oct 21, 2014

"On second thought, let's not go to the UK. It is a silly place." buzzfeed.com/jamieross/ever…

Oct 21, 2014

@taylordobbs @David_Dobbs "Be civil if you have to argue with people on twitter. Don't make us look like douchebags." NO CHANCE OF THAT.

Oct 21, 2014

RT @NIH_Bear: Why is no one doing gain-of-function research on bears? Airborne bears is in everyone's best interest. #mostlyminethough

Oct 21, 2014

RT @grimkat: Early career science writers! Apply for The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship: theopennotebook.com/2014/10/11/cal… #sciwri14 #innovatesci

Oct 21, 2014

"2 thoughts came to me: I can't believe what I'm seeing right now; I wish Darwin cld have seen this" blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/… @JenniferFrazer

Oct 21, 2014

RT @fmanjoo: I loved the twist ending in Gone Girl, where you find out that actually, it’s about ethics in gaming journalism.

Oct 21, 2014

3 artificial sweeteners were discovered when chemists failed to wash their hands. theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

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