A Blog by Carl Zimmer

A Phenomena(l) Year!

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A year ago today, Phenomena was launched, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for reading the work of Virginia Hughes, Brian Switek, Ed Yong, and myself over these past 365 days. The Loom has seen a lot of homes in its ten years, but Phenomena has been the best, I must say, from its delightful design to the support of people at National Geographic such as Jamie Shreeve and Brian Howard.

In case you’re curious, here are the ten most-read posts I wrote here over the past year:

The Norovirus: A Study in Puked Perfection

Tongue-Eating Fish Parasites Never Cease to Amaze

When You’re A Naked Mole Rat, Why Stop At One Weapon Against Aging?

The Evolution of Cavities

The Weird Youth of the Animal Kingdom (Slide Show)

Charlemagne’s DNA and Our Universal Royalty

The Brain-Chilling, Shrimp-Caressing, Lamppost-Sized, NSFW Organ Hiding In A Whale’s Mouth

When You Swallow A Grenade

An Open Letter to Science Students and Science Teachers

The Guinea Worm: A Fond Obituary

On to another year of cavities, noroviruses, Charlemagne, and other strange wonders!