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Ed Yong

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Staff writer for The Atlantic where he covers science; former writer of the National Geographic's Not Exactly Rocket Science blog 

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American diplomats heard a mysterious sound in their homes in Cuba a few years ago. Some suffered dizziness, insomnia, and hearing loss. Donald Trump blamed Cuba.

The mysterious sound that allegedly sickened diplomats in Cuba? It was crickets

American diplomats heard a mysterious sound in their homes in Cuba a few years ago. Some suffered dizziness, insomnia, and hearing loss. Donald Trump blamed Cuba.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Four years ago, there was worldwide panic after an Ebola outbreak. More than 11,000 people died before it was brought under control. But Ebola didn’t go away.

Are we ready for the next global plague?

Four years ago, there was worldwide panic after an Ebola outbreak. More than 11,000 people died before it was brought under control. But Ebola didn’t go away.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

We have about 40 trillion microbes living in and on us. In other words: a lot of germs. Until recently, we thought they were the enemy. Now we know they keep us alive.

How the 40 trillion microbes in and on us shape our lives

We have about 40 trillion microbes living in and on us. In other words: a lot of germs. Until recently, we thought they were the enemy. Now we know they keep us alive.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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