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

To Beat Malaria, We Need to See It as an Ecological Problem

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — It's easy to just think of malaria as a medical problem. It is caused by single-celled parasites--that are spread through the bites of other parasites-mosquitoes. To beat the disease, we need to neutralise either Plasmodium or its mosquito carriers, using drugs, insecticides, nets, or even genetically-modified competitors.

Whales Aren’t Keen on Being Flayed Alive By Gulls

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — The southern right whale is a huge fortress of animal-50 feet and 60 tons of muscle and blubber. At its size, this giant should have nothing to fear from ocean predators, except possibly for killer whales. But in the waters around Argentina, southern rights have been so badly tormented by an unusual threat that they have been forced to take stealthy precautions.

Raiding the Oldest Arsenal

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Life on this planet has existed for at least 3.5 billion years. For most of that time, it was microscopic. Bacteria and other microbes had the world to themselves, but since they still had to compete, they evolved a wide arsenal of weapons for scuppering and killing their rivals.

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (22 November 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 "It is famous for fire, but you get there by water..." And so begins the best piece I've read this year-a masterpiece by Kathryn Schulz about wildfires, a tragedy, and our relationship with nature.

The Ed's Up #59

By Ed Yong
tinyletter.com — Froggys Fog Swamp Juice is billed as "the world's greatest fog". According to the manufacturers, it produces a long-lasting artificial mist that has been used in haunted houses, nightclubs, skating rinks, theme parks, and even police and fire departments. Colleen Farmer used it to study how an iguana breathes.

Stickleback genome reveals detail of evolution’s repeated experiment

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Apathy, weary sighs, and fatigue: these are the symptoms of the psychological malaise that Carl Zimmer calls Yet Another Genome Syndrome. It is caused by the fast-flowing stream of publications, announcing the sequencing of another complete genome. News reports about such publications tend to follow the same pattern.

What Disco Fog Taught Us About Iguana Lungs

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Froggys Fog Swamp Juice is billed as "the world's greatest fog". According to the manufacturers, it produces a long-lasting artificial mist that has been used in haunted houses, nightclubs, skating rinks, theme parks, and even police and fire departments. Colleen Farmer used it to study how an iguana breathes.

The Fault in Our Stars Might be a Virus

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — In June 2013, starfish on the western coast of North America started wasting away. At first, their arms curled from the tips, and they tied themselves into pretzel-like knots. Their bodies deflated. White festering sores appeared on their flesh. As the lesions spread, their flesh rotted away and their arms fell off.

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (15 November 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 This week, we put a robot on a comet. Randall Munroe of XKCD live-cartooned the whole thing (here's a GIF). Matthew Francis and Megan Garber wrote great explanations.

How objectification silences women - the male glance as a psychological muzzle

By Ed Yong
scienceblogs.com — For something intangible, a glance can be a powerful thing. It can carry the weight of culture and history, it can cause psychological harm, and it can act as a muzzle. Consider the relatively simple act of a man staring at a woman's body. This is such a common part of modern society that most...
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Nov 27, 2014

@FunSizeSuze @alexbellos @bwecht @story_collider I was surprised 42 didn't feature higher because of the Hitchhikers' connection.

Nov 27, 2014

RT @TimHarford: To Beat Malaria, We Need to See It as an Ecological Problem - @edyong209 explains dlvr.it/7fHh5t

Nov 26, 2014

@bwecht Great to meet you, Brian. Thanks for having me.

Nov 26, 2014

@_ColinS_ @easternblot @story_collider I am about to buy my 2nd pair of dance shoes because my god they're comfortable.

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