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I send out a weekly email newsletter about what I've been up to--articles, books, talks, video, etc. You can subscribe to it (and see past issues) here: http://tinyletter.com/carlzimmer
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For my New York Times column this week, I look at research on migrating birds in a warming world http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/science/on-long-migrations-birds-chase-an-eternal-spring.html 
Surprisingly indirect migratory paths land birds at way stations just as vegetation and insects become abundant. But climate change threatens to disrupt these journeys.
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I've got a new story out in Stat about a virus, fished from a lake and injected into a man's chest, that may have saved his life. More broadly, it's about the century-old dream of using viruses to cure bacterial infections. https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/07/virus-bacteria-phage-therapy/
Ali Khodadoust, an ophthalmologist in Connecticut, earned a place in medical history after having 100 million viruses placed inside his chest.
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Good information, thank you too,i am very happy.
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I recently hit the treadmill to alter my brain. Just another day filming Science Happens for Stat! https://www.statnews.com/2016/10/21/can-exercise-make-you-smarter/
Wendy Suzuki, a psychologist at New York University, is studying how exercise can stimulate the brain to grow new neurons and improve cognition.
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so then that would make me smarter than Albert Einstein
and i do that much exercise but i am not as smart but my IQ is about 130 anyway
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Who were the first farmers? Here’s a piece I wrote for the New York Times about the latest evidence http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/science/ancient-farmers-archaeology-dna.html 
Skeletons from ancient settlements in the Near East are providing answers about how agriculture, and society, arose.
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Our 200,000-year history as a species just got clearer, thanks to hundreds of new genomes. My New York Times story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/science/ancient-dna-human-history.html?_r=0
Unprecedented analyses of DNA from people in indigenous populations suggests that almost all modern people trace their roots to one migration out of Africa.
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A team of primatologists looked at how all the 500+ species of primates are doing these days. Answer: mostly terrible. In a couple generations, a lot of them may be extinct. Here's my story for the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/science/almost-two-thirds-of-primate-species-near-extinction-scientists-find.html
From gorillas to gibbons, a wide-ranging survey finds that the world’s primates are in steep decline.
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For my New York Times column this week: When is our brain mature? Answer: it depends. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/science/youre-an-adult-your-brain-not-so-much.html
The brain reshapes itself for years after adolescence, scientists have found, raising questions about when an adult is mature in the legal sense.
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How the brown rat took over the world--here's my brief history of their global victory for the New York Times (with a bit of good news at the end!) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/science/brown-rat-new-york-city.html
Brown rats were confined to Asia until 300 years ago, a DNA study found. Then European colonizers helped them take over the world.
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Fifty years ago, scientists tried and failed to make a vaccine for the common cold. Now they're back at it. Here's my story on their efforts for Stat. https://www.statnews.com/2016/10/20/common-cold-vaccine/
After decades of disappointment and resignation, a handful of research groups are making advances in developing potential cold vaccines.
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Killing the virus isn't the problem. The problem is your body deliberately keeps it alive in order to infect others.
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Scientists are trying to make a map of the human gene pool. Here's my story for Stat about genome graphs.
https://www.statnews.com/2016/10/07/dna-genome-sequencing-new-maps/
Scientists are building tools to look at genomes in a new way — one that could make it easier to discover new links between genes and diseases.
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People of New York! At 5 pm today I'll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival with +Ed Yong and +Sonia Shah to talk about the invisible microbial world we live in. http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/2016-festival/microbes-viruses-and-destiny
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I write about science, in books, articles, and blogs. I am a columnist at the New York Times, and I also write features for magazines such as National Geographic, Wired, and Scientific American. You can find out more about my books here. And here's a recent video where I explain why we live on a planet of viruses.  
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2011. A Body Fit for a FreakyBig Brain. Discover JulyAugust 2011. Link In 1758 the Swedish taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus dubbed our species Homo sapiens Latin

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Evolution | On my first full day blogging at Discover, things are a bit chaotic, but I'd be remiss not to take a second to observe the 150th anniversary of

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Monday, Tuesday: New Haven, New York | The Loom | Discover Magazine
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A Planet of Viruses | On Monday, I'll be speaking at a master's tea at Morse College at Yale at 4 pm about outbreaks--real and fictionalized, viral and

Soul-Made-Flesh-A-Thon: A Sale to Clear Out the Brain | The Loom | Disco...
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Book sale! | Thanks to everyone who scooped up autographed copies of At the Water's Edge (72 are out the door as of this writing, and 8 are left). My shelves

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Carl Zimmer - Viruses and Other Little Things. February 4, 2013. Host: Indre Viskontas. This year's flu season has been dubbed the worst in

It Was Foretold Long Ago… | The Loom | Discover Magazine
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General | Allow me to introduce myself by way of a homecoming.It was at Discover that I started writing about science, a couple years out of college and with no

Serotonin | The Loom | Discover Magazine
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Science Tattoo Emporium | chemistry tattoos | Here is a picture of my serotonin tattoo. I don't know that it needs much more explanation than it's my favorite

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Top posts | In 1833, John Obadiah Westwood, a British entomologist, tried to guess how many species of insects there are on Earth. He extrapolated from England

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"Gentlemen, it is the microbes that will have the last word." - Louis Pasteur

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A Planet of Viruses | Last year, while I was working on a profile for the New York Times of a virus hunter named Ian Lipkin, he told me he was consulting on a

Science Ink: I want your skin! [Science Tattoo] | The Loom | Discover Ma...
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Science Tattoo Emporium | Melinda writes,I have attached a photo of my Dirac Equation tattoo, which I obtained a few months ago. I am really happy with it. In

The Mere Existence of Whales | The Loom | Discover Magazine
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Evolution | Strictly speaking, there should be no blue whales.Blue whales can weigh over a thousand times more than a human being. That's a lot of extra cells