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Ed Yong

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Ed Yong is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers science.
CIO Briefing

The Pandemic Experts Are Not Okay

Many American public-health specialists are at risk of burning out as the coronavirus surges back.

CIO Briefing

COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months

The disease’s “long-haulers” have endured relentless waves of debilitating symptoms—and disbelief from doctors and friends.

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The History of Women in Science Is Hidden in Plain Sight

By searching through footnotes, researchers found female programmers who made important but unrecognized contributions to genetics.

Data

A Game-Changing AI Tool for Tracking Animal Movements

Scientists are already using it to study octopuses, electric fish, surgical robots, and racehorses.

CIO Briefing

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.

Emerging Tech

What Bill Gates Fears Most

The threat of a flu pandemic clouds even his legendary optimism, so he's launching an initiative to prevent one.

CIO Briefing

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.

Data

A Popular Algorithm Is No Better at Predicting Crimes Than Random People

The COMPAS tool is widely used to assess a defendant’s risk of committing more crimes, but a new study puts its usefulness into perspective.

Emerging Tech

A New Kind of Soft Battery, Inspired by the Electric Eel

The animals inspired the design of the very first battery. Two centuries later, they're at it again.

Emerging Tech

Octopus-Inspired Material Can Change Its Texture

The U.S. Army is funding the creation of shape-shifting sheets that mimic the abilities of the ocean’s masters of camouflage.

Cybersecurity

These Scientists Took Over a Computer by Encoding Malware in DNA

There’s no immediate threat, but as sequencing becomes more commonplace, researchers face security risks.

Emerging Tech

A Wall-Crawling Roomba That Teaches Kids to Code

Harvard roboticists have created a robot that will gradually introduce children to programming skills by blending them with art.

CIO Briefing

A Google Maps for the Human Body

A group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas—a complete inventory of our staggeringly diverse cells.

Data

Future Smartphones Will Tell You What’s Killing Your Plants

By amassing a huge library of leaf images, scientist are training computers to diagnose the diseases that threaten our food supply.

CIO Briefing

Brain Prosthetic Allows Paralyzed Man to Move His Hand Again

The system decodes his brain activity and uses it to control his arm muscles, bypassing his injured spine.

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Get Ready for Dissolvable Brain Sensors

They can measure pressure, temperature and much more before being safely absorbed into the body.