Science writer at The Atlantic. Blogger at NatGeo's Phenomena. Author of I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, on animal-microbe partnerships, out 2016 https://t.co/oENDFN7uRs

This Bacterium Acts Like A One-Cell Eyeball

Feb 09, 2016

RT @edyong209: This bacterium acts as a one-cell eyeball. theatlantic.com/science/archiv… The whole cell is a lens, and its membrane is a retina.

Feb 09, 2016

RT @edyong209: This bacterium acts as a one-cell eyeball. theatlantic.com/science/archiv… The whole cell is a lens, and its membrane is a retina.

Feb 09, 2016

RT @edyong209: This bacterium acts as a one-cell eyeball. theatlantic.com/science/archiv… The whole cell is a lens, and its membrane is a retina.

Feb 09, 2016

RT @edyong209: This bacterium acts as a one-cell eyeball. theatlantic.com/science/archiv… The whole cell is a lens, and its membrane is a retina.

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How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches

theatlantic.com — The insects are miniature transformers that can compress to half their size and still run really fast. The creepy little buggers might even inspire a new generation of search and rescue robots.
Feb 08, 2016

"Good job, evolution; now, go home.” Don’t read @edyong209 on cockroaches. Just. Don’t. theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

Feb 08, 2016

RT @YAppelbaum: "Good job, evolution; now, go home.” Don’t read @edyong209 on cockroaches. Just. Don’t. theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

Feb 08, 2016

Cockroaches compress to half their body height and can STILL RUN REALLY FAST LIKE THAT theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

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Need to Punch Some Holes In Mars Rocks? Practice Here.

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Not all rocks are created equal. It's a mundane but inescapable fact that turns out to be particularly problematic if you're designing a drill for a robot that will be poking holes in Mars. But who really worries about such things?

Natural History Museums Are Teeming With Undiscovered Species

theatlantic.com — Tracking them down is a globe-trotting adventure that rivals any jungle expedition. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > In the AMNH, Hekkala pulls out several drawers containing both species.
Feb 08, 2016

RT @edyong209: Hundreds of undiscovered species lurk in the drawers of museums. I meet the scientists who are trying to find them: theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

Feb 08, 2016

Featuring the crocodile that's two crocodiles, a giant monkey-faced bat, and badass shark tooth weapons: theatlantic.com/science/archiv… #longreads

Feb 08, 2016

RT @edyong209: Hundreds of undiscovered species lurk in the drawers of museums. I meet the scientists who are trying to find them: theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

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Last Week, I Went to Space

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Last week, I rode a rocket-powered plane into space. We thundered down a runway at the Mojave Air & Space Port, then pointed the nose nearly straight up and hurtled toward the stars. As we climbed, the sky started darkening-and out the window to my right, the horizon flipped 90 degrees to the left.

How Columbus Said Hello: He Tried Dancing

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — What do you do when the Thingy From Elsewhere lands on your front lawn, steps out of its mysterious vehicle and says-um, well, you haven't the faintest idea what it's saying. You stare at it and look for signs of niceness (or not-so-niceness). And if it doesn't eat you, what do you do next?

Clearing the Body's Retired Cells Slows Aging, Extends Life

theatlantic.com — A series of experiments in mice has led to what some are calling "one of the more important aging discoveries ever." Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now >
Feb 03, 2016

Clearing the Body's Retired Cells Slows Aging, Extends Life theatlantic.com/science/archiv… My latest at the Atlantic.

Feb 03, 2016

"If it's correct, without wanting to be too hyperbolic, it’s one of the more important aging discoveries ever" theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

Feb 03, 2016

RT @edyong209: "If it's correct, without wanting to be too hyperbolic, it’s one of the more important aging discoveries ever" theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

Feb 03, 2016

RT @edyong209: "If it's correct, without wanting to be too hyperbolic, it’s one of the more important aging discoveries ever" theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

Feb 03, 2016

RT @edyong209: "If it's correct, without wanting to be too hyperbolic, it’s one of the more important aging discoveries ever" theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

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The Weird Thing About Cat Legs

By Ed Yong
theatlantic.com — Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > One block of large enclosures houses the bigger species-snow leopard, puma, jaguar, and the extremely rare Amur leopard.
Feb 02, 2016

There's a weird thing about cat legs that unites domestic tabbies with crouching tigers. theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

Feb 02, 2016

In which I watch @JohnRHutchinson & co utterly fail to do science with some cats theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

Feb 02, 2016

In which @edyong209 ruins important scientific research by scaring away a bunch of cats: theatln.tc/1mawnLf

Feb 02, 2016

RT @andersen: In which @edyong209 ruins important scientific research by scaring away a bunch of cats: theatln.tc/1mawnLf

Feb 02, 2016

"We are, I realize, trying to out-stealth a cat. It's going about as well as you'd expect." So good, by @edyong209. theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

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Last-Ditch Resistance: What Is The Role Of Food?

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — The sudden recognition of last-ditch antibiotic resistance moving across the globe-via mcr-1, a newly identified gene that protects bacteria against the action of the last-resort antibiotic colistin-vanished from the news this past month as concern for Zika virus ramped up. But it's about to become important again.
Feb 01, 2016

In China, researchers find supermarket chicken carrying 2 dire antibiotic resistance factors, MCR and NDM. phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/01/col…

Feb 01, 2016

RT @marynmck: In China, researchers find supermarket chicken carrying 2 dire antibiotic resistance factors, MCR and NDM. phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/01/col…

No, Really, Other Animals Don't Have Chins

By Ed Yong
theatlantic.com — "For these reasons, it is generally agreed that whatever the biological situation occurring on the front of the elephant lower jaw, it is fundamentally different from the condition in humans," says James Pampush, who recently reviewed the various possible origin stories for the human chin.
Jan 29, 2016

No, seriously, other animals don't have chins. Not cats, horses, elephants. A follow-up to y'day's chinvestigation: theatlantic.com/notes/2016/01/…

Jan 29, 2016

@pbump @GrahamDavidA It scratched its lower mandible, ashamed by its lack of protrusion. theatlantic.com/notes/2016/01/…

Jan 29, 2016

RT @edyong209: No, seriously, other animals don't have chins. Not cats, horses, elephants. A follow-up to y'day's chinvestigation: theatlantic.com/notes/2016/01/…

Jan 29, 2016

RT @edyong209: No, seriously, other animals don't have chins. Not cats, horses, elephants. A follow-up to y'day's chinvestigation: theatlantic.com/notes/2016/01/…

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Feb 10, 2016

RT @sallylepage: Here goes: Coming out and why visibility is important in science YouTube #OutInSTEM #LGBTSTEM #QueerInSTEM youtu.be/PPtMrF2_Foo?a

Feb 09, 2016

This piece & I leap at each other. There's a flash and the sound of blades. We land apart, facing away. Slowly, it collapses. Then, so do I.

Feb 09, 2016

RT @tcarmody: @edyong209 when you drag your fingers across your keys like Théoden of Rohan touching his riders’ swords, screaming “DEATH! DEAAAAATH!”

Feb 09, 2016

@tcarmody Like Gandalf and the Balrog, I'm stabbing it all the way down.

Feb 09, 2016

"It's actually a discarded purple sock," said the embarrassed scientists. twitter.com/pomeranian99/s…

Feb 09, 2016

When you feel like you haven't so much finished a piece as dragged it screaming off the cliff edge with you.

Feb 09, 2016

@minouye271 @DrKatHolt @ZaminIqbal Waaaait, but that paper is just wrong! Those E. coli aren't "seeing" any more than a camera film is.

Feb 09, 2016

RT @LizNeeley: "I freeze first. Then try to escape. Only later do I consider avoid, fight, retaliate" <--- so familiar https://t.co/cIIrLP9…


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