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In tomorrow's New York Times I have a profile of Eske Willerslev, a scientist who is illuminating human history with ancient DNA. (If you've read recently about how Kennewick Man may now be handed over to Native American tribes, well, Willerslev is the one who got the DNA that showed he was Native American.) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/science/eske-willerslev-ancient-dna-scientist.html
The director of the Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen is discovering through ancient bones new things about our development.
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How does a year in space affect an astronaut’s genes? Check out my new video for Stat https://www.statnews.com/2016/05/12/astronaut-scott-kelly-blood-science/
A team of scientists is examining blood and other samples from astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently spent 340 days aboard the International Space Station.
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The ultra-weird, ultra-successful microbe Wolbachia could become a weapon against the Zika virus. I explain how in my column this week for the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/science/zika-virus-moquitoes-microbe.html
Mosquitoes infected with the bacterium Wolbachia resist viruses like Zika and dengue. Now researchers are testing the bacterium on mosquitoes in the wild.
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A number of recent genetic studies challenge the notion that mistaken paternity is commonplace, finding a rate of less than 1 percent.
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I had a great chat with Kishore Hari on Inquiring Minds about viruses in the news. https://soundcloud.com/inquiringminds/127-carl-zimmer-the-mysterious-world-of-viruses 
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Discover DNA all over again—in 3D. Here's my new Science Happens video for @statnews https://www.statnews.com/2016/03/31/dna-shape-double-helix-dekker/ https://t.co/v0cfdVCrIr
The reality is far messier than an abstract spiral staircase. Scientists are learning fascinating new things about how DNA is really shaped.
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Thanks Carl for this. Really loved the GIF which in reality although illustrative is extremely slowed down for us to really appreciate the amazing complexity. I've added the GIF to an epigenetics post I made, along with another GIF which has nothing to do with DNA, but rather language. Reminded me of epigenetics working from signals as the result of environmental cues. Thanks again, love the video and post.
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A case study in the unexpected ways that climate change is altering the world's ecosystems --the subject of my column this week in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/science/climate-change-bird-red-knots.html
A ripple effect of weather, insects and other food supplies, from the Arctic to the tropics, may be driving down the population of the red knot, a study finds.
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Three years ago, I published my first “Matter” column in the New York Times. I'm grateful every week to get the chance to write another.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/science/marvels-and-a-few-mysteries-in-cicadas-17-years.html
Billions of cicadas, the red-eyed insects renowned for their shrill mating call, are beginning to crawl out of the earth, an emergence 17 years in the making.
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The island foxes of California's Channel Islands are awesome in many ways. Smaller than house cats. Buried in ancient pet cemeteries. And now, it turns out, stunningly low in genetic diversity. How do they do it? I write about a new study on the critters in The New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/science/channel-island-foxes-least-genetic-diversity.html
The island fox has lived on the Channel Islands off California for several thousand years, surviving even though many of the animals are nearly identical.
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What's a theory? Not a hunch. More like a map. Here's my offering for the New York Times's series on misconceptions. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/09/science/in-science-its-never-just-a-theory.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
When everyone has a theory, actual scientific theories like evolution take a hit.
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I love science but I hate when people over play theories. A good example is the one they brought up as the sun being the center of our solar system. That is a heliocentric theory. There however is a geocentric theory which places earth as the center of all things. Have we proven one over the other? No. So why have we chosen to use the Heliocentric over the geocentric? The truth is the math is simpler that is it. You can however send a spaceship into space have it focused on earth and use gyroscopes to keep its orientation the same and what you will see as a result as it moves farther and father out is everything else turning around earth. In short it is simply a matter of perspective of looking at the same problem two different ways.
Personally I like the Heliocentric theory mostly because I see no need to make a problem unduly complex. Generally I think most of nature works on fairly simplistic principles and the complexity of nature is created by the shear vastness of it.

Maps also change. Be it a map of earth or the solar system, galaxy and universe they all change. The more knowledge and information found or known it changes. Add to that structural changes over time. You might find a piece of the puzzle to a question that one hadn't seen before that can modify the entirety of the way the problem is viewed.
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The Hygiene Hypothesis + The Sixth Extinction= this week's New York Times column http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/05/science/tapeworms-and-other-parasites-can-make-good-guests.html
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Today in the Times, I write about one very weird fish. It lives in a single cave system in Thailand. It's blind. And it walks up waterfall with a skeleton a lot like ours. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/science/researchers-find-fish-that-walks-the-way-land-vertebrates-do.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share
In a cave in Thailand, scientists discovered a parallel to one of evolution’s signature events: the transition from sea to land.
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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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