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The ocean is home to 10000000000000000000000000000000 viruses. In Quanta Magazine​ I write about a worldwide expedition scientists took to catalog their species and start figuring out what effect they have on the biosphere. https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150521-ocean-viruses
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Great discovery, fine article.  There must be vastly more kinds of bacteria in the sunlit ocean than there are-evidently- kinds of viruses, which raises the question: why?
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New on the Loom: Bamboo has flower cycles that can last up to 120 years. Some elegantly simple math may explain why. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/15/bamboo-mathematicians/
In the late 1960s, a species of bamboo called Phyllostachys bambusoides--commonly known as the Chinese Mainland Bamboo or Japanese Timber Bamboo--burst into flower. The species originated in China,...
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Scientists have found the Archaeopteryx of our complex cells. Here's my story for The New York Times  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/science/under-the-sea-a-missing-link-in-the-evolution-of-complex-cells.html?_r=0
Scientists have discovered microbes that have many — but not all — of the features previously only found in eukaryotes.
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Lol...good im not the only one...maybe one too many drinks??...
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Now for a little natural genetic modification of embryos...our ancestors got infected with viruses that now take up 8 percent of our genome. And some of them may wake up again at the earliest stages of development--perhaps protecting embryos from infection from other viruses. Freaky? You bet. But possibly true. Here's my column for The New York Times​ on the research. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/23/science/ancient-viruses-once-foes-may-now-serve-as-friends.html?_r=0&referrer=
So-called endogenous retroviruses may help guide embryonic development and defend young cells from infections by other viruses.
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New on the Loom! The day Darwin stepped into a cage with an orangutan. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/21/when-darwin-met-another-ape/
On March 28, 1838, Charles Darwin paid a visit to the London Zoo. At age 29, he was far from the scientific celebrity he would eventually become. It had only been two years since his return from hi...
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+brucecrummy2 Adaptation is not a transformation.
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Are allergies actually good for us? Here's a profile I've written for Mosaic Science​ of Ruslan Medzhitov, one of the world's greatest immunologists. He thinks the answer is yes. http://mosaicscience.com/story/why-do-we-have-allergies
Allergies such as peanut allergy and hay fever make millions of us miserable, but scientists aren’t even sure why they exist. Carl Zimmer talks to a master immunologist with a controversial answer.
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I have 2 theories. The first one is that now in days we're falling behind in evolution we're more clean, we spend less time outside and we have change our diets. The second theory could be that allergies could be a undetected virus or bacteria changing our DNA. Pick your answer? 
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Does an octopus’s whole body sense light like an eye? I look at some intriguing studies for my column for The New York Times​ http://t.co/Rc2PFhXRMO
Two new studies suggest that cephalopods can perceive light through their skin, making, in effect, a body-wide eye.
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Two years ago I published my first "Matter" column in The New York Times. I have to say that a weekly column definitely kicks the passing of time into overdrive. To kick off Year Three, here's a column on the quest to reverse evolution and engineer dino-chickens. 
In a study published in the journal Evolution, scientists say they have found a way to turn the beaks of chicken embryos back into dinosaur-like snouts.
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Genial!
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Climate change could threaten one in six species with extinction, according to a new study I write about today in The New York Times​. But the reality might turn out to be even worse. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/science/new-estimates-for-extinctions-global-warming-could-cause.html
A study in the journal Science found that climate change could drive to extinction as many as one in six species.
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Tomorrow is Thursday :)
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Here’s an explainer I wrote about today’s big news on editing human embryos. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/22/editing-human-embryos-so-this-happened/
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I'm not sure how I feel about this.  Also, I did have to search for what CRISPR stands for:   clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats
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Has evolution helped make the Dutch the tallest people on Earth? I look at the evidence in my column this week in The New York Times​ http://t.co/iHyOfmdx3s
A new study from the Netherlands suggests evolution favors taller people.
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Paul, do this, go to a major university teaching hospital, ask for a full psych evaluation. Share the results here.
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For my latest column for The New York Times​, an ode to the essential, peculiar diaphragm muscle http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/science/behind-each-breath-an-underappreciated-muscle-the-diaphragm.html
Researchers have developed new tools that give a glimpse into how the muscle that helps every mammal breathe, the diaphragm, develops.
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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

How many species are there? My latest for the New York Times | The Loom ...
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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