Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer writes the weekly Matter column for the New York Times. His most recent book is Evolution: Making Sense of Life, co-authored with Douglas Emlen.

Human Genome
Oct. 21 2013 3:49 PMThe Genomic OracleIf your DNA is sequenced at birth, how would it affect your life? A new project aims to find out.
Aug. 14 2012 10:46 AMGood Scientist! You Get a Badge.Precious research money is wasted on unreal results, but we can change the culture of science.
Sept. 9 2011 2:59 PMCould They Really Make a Vaccine So Quickly?
May 27 2011 4:50 PMThe Discovery of Arsenic-Based TwitterHow #arseniclife changed science.
April 8 2010 10:47 AMYet Another "Missing Link"A brand-new Australopithecus fossil is fascinating and important. But it's not one of our direct ancestors.
March 19 2008 12:07 PMSpinach, Lettuce, and the Limits of BioterrorismA comforting look back at the major E. coli outbreaks of 2006.
Dec. 6 2012 7:19 AMPast Pandemics Are in Our GenesWhat koalas can teach us about human evolution and disease.
Future Tense
Dec. 22 2011 2:43 PMStrain GameCould information about a lab-made virus really help evildoers create a biological weapon?
Sept. 8 2011 2:11 PMIgnorance Is No Comfort
Dec. 7 2010 10:53 AM"This Paper Should Not Have Been Published"Scientists see fatal flaws in the NASA study of arsenic-based life.
June 23 2008 1:14 PMHow Smart Is the Octopus?Bright enough to do the moving-rock trick.



Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
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Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.