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I tested my genome against an onion's and lost, big time. Here's my genomic report, with notes from T. Ryan Gregory.  Why does an onion need five times more DNA than us? I explore that question in a story about junk DNA in this Sunday's edition of The New York Times​ magazine: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/magazine/is-most-of-our-dna-garbage.html?smid=tw-nytmag
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+Carl Zimmer I thought it was you versus The Onion.
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New on the Loom: We have a stunningly swift sense for numbers http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/02/we-are-instant-number-crunchers/
If you have ever struggled through a math class, you may not think of numbers as natural. They may seem more like a tool that you have learn how to use, like Excel or a nail gun. And it's certainly...
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Mathematics is creation? 
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I'll be on WNPR at 1 pm ET today to talk about the mysteries of the microbiome Listen live here: http://wnpr.org [PS: that photo isn't of me]
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I think New England schools and environment for education is very dedicated & efficient (complementing the gracious nature of Dr Zimmer) Thank you very much for your kind support and incredible wit 
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A small fraction of the neurons in our brains are a mysterious giant type of cell called von Economo neurons. Old people with exceptional memories have lots of extra von Economo neurons. I look at what this discovery might mean in my new column for The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/science/studying-oversize-brain-cells-for-links-to-exceptional-memory.html?_r=0
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Fascinating! Larger brains (whale, cow, human/ape) and the need for long-term memory may be the common factor.

I wondered about cows for a moment before I remembered: Cows are like squirrels "remembering" their favorite plants as they graze. They will selectively eat almost all of the wheat grass out of a field, for example, before going on to less-tasty browse.
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There's a revolution afoot in the world of biotechnology. A technique called CRISPR makes editing genes remarkably easy. But what people may not know is that CRISPR is a natural form of biotechnology, which gives bacteria power over their enemies. I look at the natural history of CRISPR in a feature for Quanta Magazine today.  https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150206-crispr-dna-editor-bacteria/
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Measles in the morning. Bed bugs in the afternoon. It's the life of a science writer! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/science/in-bedbugs-scientists-see-a-model-of-evolution.html?_r=0
New research indicates that some bedbugs are well on their way to becoming a new species.
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So ... what's for dinner?
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New on the Loom: Our 40-million-year struggle with the viruses that make up 8% of our genome. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/01/our-inner-viruses-forty-million-years-in-the-making/
Each year, billions of people get infected with viruses--with common ones like influenza and cold viruses, and rarer ones like polio and Ebola. The viruses don't stay all that long inside of us. In...
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Fascinating! I actually love this subject and wanted to seriously take virology for college. It's strange that most people I talk to about this very thing have a problem with it :( me? I don't, viruses may very well be the ones who made us who we are today, religion aside most people get started with that but hey, who made viruses too? Lol Awesome and fascinating post :)
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The origin of HIV was not a single jump of a virus into humans. It was more like an onslaught. After 30 years, the discovery of new HIV-like viruses in gorillas drops the last pieces of the puzzle in place. Here's my report in The New York Times​  

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/02/science/two-strains-of-hiv-cut-vastly-different-paths.html
Researchers traced the origins of two subtypes of H.I.V.-1. One subtype stayed in Cameroon; the other spread throughout the world.
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Meet the turquoise killifish, the subject of my latest column for The New York Times​. It's an animal that packs a lifetime into a few months. Scientists are now studying it for clues about how we grow old.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/science/in-short-lived-fish-secrets-to-aging.html
Turquoise killifish last no more than a few months, giving researchers a faster way of learning more about the mechanics of getting older.
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New on the Loom: some scientists have revived the notion of airborne Ebola. Most experts I talked to were unimpressed.  http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/22/is-it-worth-imagining-airborne-ebola/
Back in September, when the West African Ebola outbreak was getting worse with every passing week, a lot of people began to worry that the virus could spread by air. And even if it couldn't spread ...
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Neuroparasitology on the Loom: How a parasitic wasp uses a virus to warp the mind of its host. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/10/parasites-within-parasites/
In November, National Geographic put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called Dinocampus coccinellae, lays an egg inside the ladybug Coleomegilla...
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Really??  Something as mind-blowing as parasitic wasps and their viruses mind-controlling another insect elicits "Kinda like Obama"? Beam me UP, Scotty!
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On the Loom today, I take a look at the biology that makes the measles virus so contagious (and why, paradoxically, that means we could eradicate it from the Earth) http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/05/how-the-measles-virus-became-a-master-of-contagion/
Here are two recent stories about viruses. They started out alike, and ended up very differently. In October, a woman in Guinea died of Ebola, leaving behind two children, a two-year-old girl and a...
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That was a great article.
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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

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

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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