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Science writer at The Atlantic. Author of I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, a New York Times bestseller on animal-microbe partnerships http://smarturl.it/icontainmultitudes

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@CViSBadmin @K_G_AndersenM @scrippsresearchi @SANDSWA2c @cvisbh @annakandersene @NIAIDBioITlle thanks so much for coordinating everything. There’s always so much unspoken labor that goes into events like this and I want you to know that it is seen. Thanks for making it run smoothly.
I’m very much enjoying these dramatic angles
"What's the day-to-day life of a science journalist like, Ed?"
Goose-sized goose is bad enough
Moros was named after the embodiment of impending doom in Greek mythology. Daaaaw who’s da cutest widdle embodiment of impending doom? It’s you!https://t.co/wduHneenN4
"There was no destiny in the ascent of tyrannosaurs. " For most of their existence, they were small subordinate hunters. They were, however, VERY quick to seize a power vacuum caused by the still-mysterious deaths of their top rivals. https://t.co/wduHneenN4
Say hi to Moros, a little, human-sized, newly discovered tyrannosaur. It helps to fill in an important 70-million-year gap in the origin story of the most famous dinosaurs of all.

https://t.co/wduHneenN4
Let this be a lesson for young journalists: if you interview the zebra-stripes researcher, don’t forget to ask if he owns a zebra onesie. Don’t fail, as I once did.
I’m still laughing over the visual of confused horseflies face-planting against a zebra. https://t.co/qO38gMnKHh

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"When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like," says photographer Paul Nicklen. "Bears are going to starve to death." https://t.co/8twpHtenxJ
Inspired by Hidden Figures, a team of researchers scoured the acknowledgements of old genetics papers & uncovered the names of many women programmers, who made important contributions but were never given authorship. https://t.co/A6eSISongZ
Hey, remember that viral video of a baby bear climbing up a snowy cliff to its mother?

It's not a life-affirming tale of persistence. The bears were fleeing from the drone that was filming and harassing them.

https://t.co/AZzorAaVgJ
I've spent 2 years tracking the gender balance in my stories. In that time, I've raised the proportion of women whom I quote from 25% to 50%. Here's why I did it, and what I learned on the way. https://t.co/H4yKcD9eWz
Now they've done it. They've pissed off Aquaman
This @annehelen piece on millennial burnout is definitive. It surpasses what has come before and sets a *very* high benchmark for anything on this topic to follow. It's profound, sweeping, and breathtakingly good. I'm going to read it again. https://t.co/JJv7xyXTT0
So, you know how peacocks have those little crests on their heads?

Turns out, they're *vibration sensors*.

And they're tuned to the exact frequencies at which peacocks rattle their tails.

https://t.co/A3CZtfW3hJ
I spoke to several entomologists about all those insect apocalypse stories.

The claims that insects will disappear within a century are patently absurd, and the data are patchy, unrepresentative, and piecemeal.

But the reality is NOT reassuring.

https://t.co/XULTG9cbz5
Total(1) => 0.12446999549866 f_f_QM(2) => 0.12054705619812 indS(2) => 0.076237201690674 indM(2) => 0.041993141174316 indM_1(2) => 0.0046019554138184 indM_2(2) => 0.00084686279296875 indM_4(2) => 0.0033421516418457 indM_5(2) => 0.0045230388641357 indM_6(2) => 0.004857063293457 indM_7(2) => 0.0046422481536865 indM_8(2) => 0.0019741058349609 indM_9(2) => 0.0086517333984375 indM_10(2) => 0.0081491470336914 f_f_pTL(2) => 0.0024280548095703 f_f_dT(20) => 0.002269983291626