In a break from journalistic tradition, I thought I’d actually put up an end-of-year list at the actual end of the year. I know! I promise to live less dangerously in 2015.
It’s been a good and gratifying year. I gave a TED talk, enjoyed my second year at National Geographic, and signed a deal to write a book about partnerships between animals and microbes–I Contain Multitudes, to be released in early 2016).
Sincere thanks to everyone who read or listened to something I did in 2014. Here is a list of the work that I’m proudest of.
- The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew). On the one freakish event that gave rise to all sophisticated life on the planet.
- How malaria defeats our drugs. On the race to stop drug-resistant malaria.
- There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome. On the reality of the microbes that share our lives.
- Coincidental killers. On how some microbes kill us by accident.
- DIY diagnosis: how an extreme athlete uncovered her genetic flaw. On an extreme athlete who discovered the cause of her two genetic diseases.
- Electric Eels Can Remotely Control Their Prey’s Muscles
- It’s Behind You! Robot Creates Feeling of Ghostly Presence
- Deinocheirus Exposed: Meet The Body Behind the Terrible Hand
- A Flood of Borrowed Genes at the Origins of Tiny Extremists
- Cave-Exploring Snake Robot Gets Inspiration From Sidewinders
- When You Move House, Your Microbial Aura Moves Too
- One Species Becomes Two, Inside an Insect
- You Almost Certainly Have Mites On Your Face
- Seals May Have Carried Tuberculosis To The New World
- A Swarm of a Thousand Cooperative, Self-Organising Robots
- Octopus Cares For Her Eggs For 53 Months, Then Dies
- Nature’s Most Amazing Eyes Just Got A Bit Weirder
- Extinct Humans Passed High-Altitude Gene to Tibetans
- One Lichen Species Is Actually 126, And Probably More
- The Barnacle That Eats Glowing Sharks
- Does Your Microbiological Age Match Your Biological One?
- The Silence of the Crickets, The Silence of the Crickets
- The Surprising Closest Relative of the Huge Elephant Birds
- Man-Made Electromagnetic Noise Disrupts a Bird’s Compass
- Where’s All The Animal Vagina Research?
- On Privilege and Luck, or Why Success Breeds Success
- The Most Versatile Impressionist In the Forest
- Sailfish Use Inescapable Face- Swords to Wound, Then Kill
- In This Insect, Females Have Penises And Males Have Vaginas
- The Tiny Culprit Behind A Graveyard of Ancient Whales
- Now This Is How You Find Disease Genes
- Study Of 1.5 Million Cows Shows Daughters Get More Milk Than Sons
- The Mantis Shrimp Sees Like A Satellite
- 80-Year-Old Vintage Snake Venom Can Still Kill
- In Saving A Species, You Might Accidentally Doom It