Ed Yong

Ed Yong

Ed Yong is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers science.

What Can You Do to Protect North America’s Birds?

The continent has lost 3 billion birds since 1970. To help the remaining populations, choose safer windows, consider native plants instead of lawns, and keep your cat indoors.

A photo of a túngara frog

City Frogs Are the Sexiest Frogs

Two new studies show how certain animals can adapt to the din of human activity in surprising ways.

What Was Lost in Brazil’s Devastating Museum Fire

Two hundred years of work—and millions of priceless specimens—have been destroyed in a preventable tragedy.

Pollinators Really Hate Light Pollution

A first-of-its-kind study shows that artificial illumination deters nocturnal insects that flowers rely on.

The Town Where People Clash With Polar Bears

Arctic warming means more conflict between humans and the giant predators in Churchill, Manitoba.

Homes in Wealthier Neighborhoods Have More Bugs

At least in North Carolina.

Why You Can't Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home

The insects are miniature transformers that can compress to half their size and still run really fast.

American Homes Are Filled With Bugs

And that's okay.

Even Fake Traffic Is Bad for Birds

A clever experiment reveals how highway noise drives songbirds out of forests and harms the ones that stay behind.