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

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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!
"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.
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.
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.

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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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