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

Surprises Emerge As More Hunter-Gatherer Microbiomes Come In — The study of the human microbiome-the motley assortment of microbes that live in our bodies-has largely been the study of the Western microbiome. The research has been heavily biased towards people from Europe, North America, and other WEIRD countries-that is, Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic.

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (21 March 2015) — 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 "Three days before Britain declared war, on September 3, 1939, Janet Vaughan received a telegram from the Medical Research Council.

Darwin’s “Strangest” Beast Finds Place on Tree — " is perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered," wrote Charles Darwin, a man who was no stranger to strangeness. He first encountered the creature in Uruguay on November 26 th, 1834. "Having heard of some giant's bones at a neighbouring farm-house..., I rode there accompanied by my host, and purchased for the value of eighteen pence the head of the Toxodon," he later wrote.

Can Probiotic Bacteria Save An Endangered Frog? — I saw a ghost at the Vancouver Aquarium last summer. I was walking out of a room overlooking the main shark tank when I saw something in a glass cage embedded in the wall, something small, black and yellow.

Fish that Walks on Land Swallows With Tongue Made of Water — In the distant past, between 350 and 400 million years ago, a group of our fishy ancestors started crawling up on land. The fins that propelled them through the water gradually evolved into sturdy, weight-bearing limbs. Their hind legs connected directly to their hips, which became bigger.

How malaria defeats our drugs

By Ed Yong — In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports for Mosaic. The meandering Moei river marks the natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar.

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (14 March 2015) — 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 One of the very best writers, Kathryn Schulz, reviews my favourite book of last year, Helen Macdonald's H IS FOR HAWK. This is just multi-layered bliss.

The Ed's Up #76

By Ed Yong — Sorry for the missing newsletter last week, folks. I was on a reporting trip in Chicago and all atomic motion in my hands had ceased. Anyway, I'm back and regular service has resumed. On with the show: My first piece for the New Yorker's Elements blog! "The first penguin approached.

In Which I Visit a Penguin Experiment and Hilarity Ensues — A few months ago, I noticed a tweet from John Hutchinson, saying that he was going to London Zoo to study their penguins, and how they move. I've covered Hutchinson's work before; it frequently involves ushering animals over force-plates. And since the animals in this case would be penguins, it was practically guaranteed that something amusing would happen.

How the Penguin Got Its Waddle

By Ed Yong — In the penguin exhibit at the London Zoo, there is a small V.I.P. section, cordoned off with low boulders, where paying guests can meet the birds and pose for selfies. On a recent chilly Friday morning, John Hutchinson, of London's Royal Veterinary College, and James Proffitt, of the University of Texas at Austin, ventured into the area with other plans.
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Mar 28, 2015

RT @alicebell: "In 2013, the Philippines had so many typhoons that it ran out of letters to name them..."… moving read on disasters

Mar 28, 2015

@BenLillie I like the combination of whimsy and weary irritation. #ismylife

Mar 27, 2015

"Discussing underrepresentation was the only method that increases the likelihood of pursuing a physics career."…

Mar 27, 2015

@noahWG Yeah maybe your underachieving brain only has 86-100 billion neurons.

Mar 27, 2015

RT @kathrynschulz: 14 years' worth of rain just fell in one day in the Atacama desert--the driest place on earth:

Mar 27, 2015

RT @HelenWalters: TED's social media editor shares what happened when we posted Monica Lewinsky's talk:…

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