The Loom

Carl Zimmer

The Loom Ends. The Loom Lives!

Okay–after some technical difficulties I won’t bore you by recounting, I have an announcement. For the third time in this blog’s life, I’m packing it up and moving it to a new home. I would like offer my deepest thanks to Scienceblogs for hosting the Loom for two years. I got to know a great…

The News Can Wait

Really, it’s not like I’ve discovered a new element or anything. See you tomorrow.

Almost Ready…

…to spill beans. Any minute now, honest.

Some News…

…at 5 today. [That’s 5 pm EST–sorry for the confusion.] [Hint…I’ve turned off the comments till then.]

I’m sure you’d like to pretend that you have nothing in common with a tapeworm. A tapeworm starts off as an egg which then develops into a cyst. Inside the cyst is a ball-shaped creature with hooks that it can use to crawl around its host before growing into an adult. Many species are made…

Science writer Peter Dizikes reviews my book Microcosm for the New York Times. It’s great to see that he gets it–i.e., he understands what I’m trying to do with E. coli in the book. I actually appreciate that more than a positive review. Fortunately, he liked the book, too, calling it engrossing, vivid, and adroit.…

I’m back on bloggingheads.tv, talking this week with Paul Ehrlich about everything from climate change to Polynesian canoe oars to the origins of human culture to why cars are best for teenagers to make out in. Check it out.

It feels like a homecoming: I’m among hundreds of people who live for parasites. I arrived in Arlington Texas this afternoon to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. I’m going to give a talk tomorrow about the public awareness of parasitology, talking about my long-term relationship with the beasties in books,…

The Ten-Mile-Wide Bullet

In 1980, Walter Alvarez, a geologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues proposed that the dinosaurs had been exterminated by an asteroid that smashed into the Earth. I was fourteen at the time, and that mix of dinosaurs, asteroids, and apocalyptic explosions was impossible to resist. I can still see the pictures…

I’m bound for LA today to talk about Microcosm. My talk is part of the Zocalo lecture series. I’ll be talking tonight at 7:30 pm at the Skirball Cultural Center. Here are the details.