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Ed Yong

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Ed Yong is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers science.
Ed Yong is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers science.
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America Is Getting Unvaccinated People All Wrong

They’re not all anti-vaxxers, and treating them as such is making things worse.

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Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us

As vaccines roll out, the U.S. will face a choice about what to learn and what to forget.

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The Smithsonian Had To Dig Up Their Dinosaurs Again

As their famous fossil hall enters its final year of renovation, the museum is having to re-excavate some of its decades-old specimens.

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A New Theory Linking Sleep and Creativity

The two main phases of sleep might work together to boost creative problem-solving.

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Ebola Returns Just as the White House Loses Its Top Biodefense Expert

The highly respected Tim Ziemer left the National Security Council earlier this week. Here’s who will be taking over his duties.

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Trump’s Pick For CDC Director Is Experienced But Controversial

On the face of it, veteran virologist Robert Redfield seems like a good pick to lead the agency, but decades-old disputes are shadowing his appointment.

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The CDC Is About to Fall Off a Funding Cliff

It's already planning to pull back on work that protects the world from pandemics.

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The Bipartisan Fight for Quieter Oceans

The Trump administration wants to prospect the Atlantic for oil and gas using loud explosive blasts that will seriously harm whales, fish, and other marine life.

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Even the Threat of Budget Cuts Can Hurt American Science

A climate of uncertainty leaves the National Institutes of Health unable to plan for the future.

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Trump Reportedly Considering New Cuts to Biomedical Research

The administration is contemplating a cap on what the NIH spends on overhead—a move that critics say will “disembowel” many research institutes.

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The Tiny Trump Budget Cut That Could Blind America to the Next Zika

The Obamacare repeal would halve a little-known fund that’s vital for monitoring unexpected infectious threats.

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These ‘Transparency’ Bills Would Gut the EPA

Two proposed laws would sever the agency from scientific experts, and scientific expertise—all under the guise of honesty and openness.

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Obama: The Ocean President

Inspired by his childhood in Hawaii, he has protected more waters than any of his predecessors—even George W. Bush, who was no slouch.

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The CDC’s New Quarantine Rule Could Violate Civil Liberties

The proposed regulation could be used to detain people without due process, or examine them without informed consent.

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How a Pandemic Might Play Out Under Trump

It’s not clear that the next administration is ready to deal with an outbreak of Ebola, pandemic flu, or other emerging diseases.

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Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self

The same part of the brain allows us to step into the shoes of others also helps us restrain ourselves.

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White House Launches the National Microbiome Initiative

Half a billion dollars are being pledged to study the microbes in humans, crops, soils, oceans, and more.

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National Science Foundation Funding Freeze Hits Museums Collections

NSF has paused a grant scheme that keeps biological collections afloat, and scientists are mad.

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How Your Social Life Changes Your Microbiome

Every hug, handshake, and hip-check sends the tiny communities that live inside us back and forth.