Ed Yong

Ed Yong

Science writer at The Atlantic. Author of I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, a New York Times bestseller on animal-microbe partnerships. https://t.co/Pyu0Xpdt8x

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Nice to see that this groundbreaking study on Toxoplasma (the cat poop parasite) has now been published. () I covered it as a preprint last month.

I also love that almost every single guess is different

Spider casting eight side-eyes at authors.

What do we want? Maggot stories. When do we want them? At all possible times.

From a tissue sample that’s been sitting in a drawer in Kinshasa since 1966, scientists have pieced together a near-complete genome of HIV, from almost two decades before the virus was first identified.

@s_m_i  I choose to draw motivation from this little critter that compensates for a lack of limbs by inflating its butt and leaping after its dreams. So pure. So inspiring.

"After placing a dozen maggots in a Petri dish, Michael Wise was surprised to see that only two were still there. The rest had made a break for it, and were jumping all over his lab."

The entire Atlantic science team ground to a halt in our meeting because we discovered an inchworm on the desk. Sorry, no more journalism today.

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And what about our team? Fortunately, we are now under the leadership and guidance of the equally amazing @slaskow  who is a DREAM editor, and whom I look forward to mortifying with one of these threads in the future.


"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."

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.

The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the ocean, 1.2 miles deeper than Everest is tall. The animals living at its bottom have plastic in their guts.

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.

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.

Never before in recorded history has a single disease burned down so much of the tree of life. New estimates show that the doomsday fungus called Bd has caused the decline of over 500 species and the extinction of at least 90.

Now they've done it. They've pissed off Aquaman

Our Planet—Netflix’s answer to Planet Earth—is a big-budget wildlife documentary that *finally* forces viewers to acknowledge their complicity in the decline of nature, *throughout* each episode. It’s a hugely important shift.

In the late 80s, an Inuit hunter killed a strange whale and kept its skull on his roof for years. A new study finally confirms that the animal was a narluga--a hybrid whale born to a beluga father and a narwhal mother.