Science writer at The Atlantic. Blogger at Nat Geo. Author of I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, on animal-microbe partnerships

Are We the Only Animals That Understand Ignorance?

By Ed Yong — Two psychologists argue that while apes and monkeys can think about the minds of others, they lack one crucial ability that only humans have.

Scientists Sniff Out a New Antibiotic In Nose Microbes

By Ed Yong — Of course, any new antibiotic faces the same fate as all the old ones: It will eventually be de-fanged by resistant strains. But Peschel's team thinks that, for some reason, S. aureus has a tough time evolving resistance to lugdunin. When they exposed the bacterium to the drug over many generations, resistant strains never emerged.

These Worms Are Like Feather Dusters With Eyes

By Ed Yong — Fan worms look more like feather dusters than animals. If you come across one while swimming in the ocean, all you'll see is a beautiful spray of feathery tentacles, sprouting from a rock. These extend from around the creature's hidden mouth, and they filter specks of food from the surrounding water.

A squid’s beak is a marvel of biological engineering

By Ed Yong — Imagine that you hand is made of jelly and you have to carve a roast using a knife that has no handle. The bare metal blade would rip through your hypothetical hand as easily as it would through the meat.

How Miraculous Microbes Help Us Evolve Better, Faster, Stronger

Was Tuberculosis Born Out of Fire?

By Ed Yong — By damaging lungs and bringing people together, fire may have turned a soil microbe into a global pathogen. For us to continue writing great stories, we need to display ads. Please select the extension that is blocking ads. Please follow the steps below

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Some Microbes Have Been With Us Since Before We Existed

Trump Succeeds in Delivering Speech No One Will Want to Plagiarize — CLEVELAND ( The Borowitz Report)-Donald J. Trump was jubilant Thursday night after accomplishing his goal of delivering a speech that no one will ever want to plagiarize, Trump aides confirmed. According to his staff, Trump and his speechwriters had been working overtime during the week to create a tirade that was sufficiently bloated, unhinged, and terrifying to discourage potential plagiarists from reusing excerpts in the future.

Breast-Feeding the Microbiome — This is an edited excerpt from " I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life ," which will be published on August 9th by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
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Jul 28, 2016

@pathogenomenick You were meant to bury it, not just dump it in the skip, you idiot.

Jul 28, 2016

@DrJeffWarren I'm trying to work out if it counts as cannibalism if I ate someone's apple ear.

Jul 28, 2016

I'm sure it's a coincidence that our boss @andersen just left for Siberia & now it's all anthraxy reindeer corpses & weird methane bubbles

Jul 28, 2016

“Maybe we should leave it, then, we don’t want to mess with spider egg sacks.” “Get some lasers.” 

Jul 28, 2016

The push to use fewer animals in research may have inadvertently led to more wasted lives

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