Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer appears in the following:

Sleepless in South Sudan

Monday, October 31, 2011

Carl Zimmer is one of our go-to guys when we need help untangling a complicated scientific idea. But in this short, he unravels something much more personal.

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Move Over Blood Type, Gut Bacteria Is Here

Thursday, April 21, 2011

For two decades, scientists and doctors have relied on blood types to categorize patients. Depending on whether one is blood type A, B, AB, or O, doctors could alter their treatment to increase their chances of a successful procedure. But there's a new way for people to be categorized medically — gut bacteria. New research shows that there are three distinct ecosystems in people's guts that could have direct effects of people's heath. We talk with Carl Zimmer, science reporter for our partner The New York Times, who reported on this story in yesterday's paper.

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The Science of Smiling

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Carl Zimmer, contributor to The New York Times' Science Times and author of Brain Cuttings: Fifteen Journeys Through the Mind, talks about developments in the research of smiling and what smiling means for our brains.

President Obama's smile was impressively consistent when he posed for photographs with 130 foreign dignitaries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009.  Check out the video below, from Bus Your Own Tray blogger Eric Spiegelman.

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Scientists Crack a Smile

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Why do we smile? Not only do scientists believe they may have discovered the answer to that question, but also to how we perceive the smile. Carl Zimmer, science writer for The New York Times, has the details of this new study to be published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

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The Good Show

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

If natural selection boils down to survival of the fittest, how do you explain why one creature might stick its neck out for another?

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An Equation for Good

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Why does selflessness exist?

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Tales of lethargic farmers, zombie cockroaches, and even mind-controlled humans (kinda, maybe).

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Climate Change and Evolution

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Increasing temperatures on the planet might mean catastrophe for some species -- including humans -- but it might present new opportunities for others. Science writer Carl Zimmer explains why researchers believe that some species are already adapting to a warmer world. You can read his article here.

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The Secret (Love) Life of Fireflies

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer brings warm evenings dotted by the light of fireflies. The apparently serene scene is full of murder, deception, and secret trysts as the fireflies communicate with eac...



Monday, June 15, 2009

How stochasticity -- a wonderfully smarty-pants word for randomness -- drives our lives, and the patterns we see around us.

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Rethinking the roles of genes

Tuesday, November 11, 2008