Science writer at The Atlantic. Author of I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, a New York Times bestseller on animal-microbe partnerships

The Return of the Whales-but Which Whales?

By Ed Yong — The whales had disappeared, and now they were back. Or were they? Since 1985, Hal Whitehead had been leading a team to the Galápagos Islands to search for sperm whales, which gather there in the thousands. The researchers tracked the animals with underwater microphones, day and night, for two to four weeks.

A Google Maps For The Human Body — A group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas-a complete inventory of our staggeringly diverse cells.

A New Way to Transport Vaccines and Detect Zika and Ebola

By Ed Yong — By freeze-drying the innards of cells, scientists have created portable drug-manufacturing plants-and sensors for detecting viruses like Zika and Ebola.

Why Does This Virus Have Spider DNA?

Humans Won't Ever Live Far Beyond 115 Years

By Ed Yong — Jeanne Louise Calment spent all of her incredibly long life in Arles, France. She was born there in February 1875 and died there in August 1997. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person ever recorded-and she still is. Perhaps she always will be.

Why Do Bigger-Brained Animals Have Longer Yawns?

By Ed Yong — And why do we yawn at all? YouTube clips of yawning animals offer a hint. 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

Why Crested Penguins Always Lay Doomed Eggs

By Ed Yong — With their elaborate yellow eyebrows, crested penguins are both unmistakable and slightly clownish. But to see the strangest part of these birds, such as the macaroni and rockhopper penguins, you shouldn't look to their comical plumes. Instead, you need to watch what happens when they lay their eggs.

A probiotic that lasts

By Ed Yong — Imagine that you take some North American mice, breed them in captivity for many generations, and then release them in small numbers into a South American jungle. Smart money says that these house-trained creatures wouldn't last very long. And yet, this is effectively what we're doing whenever we buy and consume probiotics.

The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games

By Ed Yong — Seven psychologists reviewed every single scientific paper put forward to support these products-and found them wanting. 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

Book Feature: I Contain Multitudes

By Ed Yong — Microbes are microscopic organisms -- bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses. They've been on the planet for about 3,500 million years and for much of that time, they were the only life on Earth. The planet is teeming with them. When microbes were finally discovered in the 1600s, they were a source of wonder and disbelief.
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Oct 28, 2016

@razibkhan @fdesouza I think I linked that from my piece. Or at least meant to.

Oct 28, 2016

You know how after a plane lands and comes to a stop and there's a loud noise like someone repeatedly punching a baboon? What IS that?

Oct 28, 2016

RT @story_collider: This week's podcast: Anthropologist Herman Pontzer lives w/ hunter-gatherer tribe to see if they burn more calories.

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@Scientits Sure but Thor hanging Mjolnir up on a coat rack is probably my fav comedy bit from the entire MCU

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