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The thousands of rattlesnakes that will die at a Texas roundup this weekend have complex social lives that we're only just starting to understand.
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Fighting mosquitoes is no walk in the park. A disease ecologist describes the landscape of mosquito-borne diseases here in the United States.
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Some animals are internet stars. Others are subject to obsessive data collecting in the wild. But this visibility comes …
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Pollinators get all the attention, but neonicotinoids have farther-reaching effects.
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Fairies might not be real, but hummingbirds are. #WildlifeWednesday
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The first of a new generation of genetically modified crops is poised to win government approval in the United States, igniting a controversy that may continue for years, and foreshadowing the future of genetically modified crops.
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Few creatures can boast of devotions so deep as greylag geese. Most are monogamous; many spend their decade-long adult lives with…
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"Last spring I came to know a pair of pigeons. I’d been putting out neighborly sunflower seeds for them and my local Brooklyn house sparrows; typically I left them undisturbed while feeding, but every so often I’d want to water my plants or lie in the sun. This would scatter the flock—all, that is, except for these two...."
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This week I had the pleasure of doing the news roundup on Science Friday. It’s a fun challenge: talking rather than writing, performing live rather than drafting and revising, and distilling each story into a minute or two. In other words, the opposite of how I normally operate. Good times!

On this week's agenda: a starting date for the Anthropocene, a 365 million-year-old vernal pool, scientists push back on their vilification by the Malheur militants, and what chimpanzee trust means to us.
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Signs of the Anthropocene, Chimp Trust, and a Twitter Expansion by SciFri
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In a world with 7.5 billion (human) people, the fate of other animals will be determined by how we understand and relate to them — and not as species or populations, but as individuals. Help me report:
It’s a special moment in our relationship to animals: We’re realizing that consciousness isn’t unique to a few extra-brainy creatures, but found all around us. With your help, I’ll tell stories from this exciting scientific and cultural frontier.
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Back from a short vacation and long Google+ hiatus....
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    Science Journalist, 2007 - present
  • Wired
    Science Journalist, 2007 - 2015
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Eukaryote. Treehugger. Science journalist.
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I'm Brandon Keim, a freelance journalist specializing in science, animals and nature (and generalizing in technology, biology, sustainability, anthropology, cognition, health, medicine, bioethics and quite a few other things.) Presently I'm working on projects involving the inner lives of animals; the difference between doing things by hand and on-screen; and a glossary of forgotten nature words. I'm also the co-founder of an insect-based cat food company.

My work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, WIRED, National Geographic News, Aeon, Nautilus, Scientific American Mind, The Guardian, Audubon Magazine, Mother Jones, Conservation, NOVA and Stanford Social Innovation Review. I've made broadcast appearances on NPR's Science Friday and Here & Now, PRI's The World and CBC's As It Happens.

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Unacknowledged stone-skipping champion of the world.
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Brooklyn, New York
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Bangor, Maine