Ed Yong"This further investigation opens up a taxonomic wormhole, one so lacking in real stakes that it may never be thoroughly resolved. As it turns out, there is no tangible, measurable difference between a lake and a pond."
The sound of people talking can terrify even top predators such as mountain lions, with consequences that ripple through entire ecosystems.
Ed YongAn experiment that played human speech in wild areas showed that our voices can terrify even top predators like mountain lions, with consequences that ripple through entire ecosystems.
Ed Yong“We thought it would be funny to play political commentators [to the mountain lions]. But when we had to score the videos, and listen to Rush Limbaugh all the time, it wasn’t very enjoyable.” 😂😂😂
As Democrats vie for black women’s support, Harris hopes to come out on top.
Ed Yong"It is impossible to envision any scenario in which a Democrat could win the nomination, much less the presidency, without considerable support from black women." - Jemele Hill, on Kamala Harris
Researchers studying the cat-poop parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, made a breakthrough that will spare a lot of felines from research.
Ed Yong“Whenever I give talks, I often get the question: Why the cats? What’s special about the cats?” Knoll says. “Now we have an answer.”
Ed YongThe parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, only sexually reproduces in cats. Scientists have finally worked out why, and got Toxo to do it in mice. That’s a huge deal, which will accelerate Toxo research—and spare a lot of cats.
Ed YongIN MICE.
(This is one of those rare studies where doing it in mice is the entire point.)
His spontaneous moves reveal something about why humans groove, and why most other animals do not.
Ed YongRemember Snowball the dancing parrot? He's back, with more moves! And his antics could tell us something important about why humans dance, and why most other animals do not.
Ed Yong“This is what we would genuinely refer to as dance both in the scientific community and in the dance profession. It’s amazing.” For this story about a dancing parrot, I spoke to 3 scientists who are also trained dancers themselves.
Ed Yong“Irena keeps on telling people to be cautious about getting a parrot because they want to see if it dances... They have a personality of a 3-year-old but they live for 50 years."
Since 2011, blooms of Sargassum have wreaked havoc on tropical shores. A new study explains why this is likely a new normal.
Ed YongThe waves of stinky seaweed that smother Caribbean beaches in the summer are likely a new normal, thanks to the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt—a bloom that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa.