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Farewell to 2014

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.

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6 thoughts on “Farewell to 2014

  1. Uh… ahem, um… Ed,… er… New Year’s Eve is slightly, but only slightly, less grinch-worthy than Christmas Eve! I read most of those, and heard the TED talk, so, here’s a glassful of bubbly to you as we ring in the new (and newe and nou) and say bye-bye to the old. Thank you for a terrific and stimulating year of readings.

  2. Ed — thank you so much for making the world a better and more enlightened place in 2014. Your work has given me so much pleasure. All the very best for 2015. SP

  3. Thank you so much for your wonderful writing. You choose fascinating topics and write so clearly and appealingly about them, it is always a great pleasure reading you!

    And thank you also for your saturday links collection. I usually start reading them on Sunday breakfast, a very nice way to start the day!
    My best wishes for 2015 🙂

  4. Almost 15 years ago when i was in school, one early morning i was taking coffee back side of the kitchen. I saw one wasp dragged a cockroach. Cockroach was alive but unable to move or fly. Perhaps, i watched it for few minutes and my mother scolded me for some reason, either she told me to go grocery store. Thereupon, i never thought about it. I got the answer through your TED talk. Thank you!

  5. Awesome work as always Ed. An excellent year in 2014 and hopefully many more weird and wonderful discoveries and stories to come in biology and all the other fields covered on this blog in 2015.

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