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Edmund Soon-Weng Yong (born 1981),[1] commonly known as Ed Yong, is a British science journalist. His blog Not Exactly Rocket Science is published as part of the National Geographic Phenomena blog network. Previously his work has been published by Nature,[2][3][4][5][6] Scientific American,[7] the BBC,[8] Slate,[citation needed] The Guardian,[9] The Times,[10] New Scientist,[11] Wired,[citation needed] The New York Times and The New Yorker.[10][12] He has been a permanent staff member of The Atlantic since 2015.[13]

Ed Yong
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Ed Yong on a tardigrade in the Micropia museum.
Born Edmund Soon-Weng Yong
December 1981 (age 36)[1]
Residence London
Nationality British
Alma mater
Known for Not Exactly Rocket Science blog
Scientific career
Institutions The Atlantic
Thesis Searching for the human resolvase (2005)



Yong was awarded Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Natural Sciences (Zoology) from the University of Cambridge in 2002.[10] He completed postgraduate study at University College London (UCL) where he was awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in 2005 on the biochemistry of resolvases.[14]

Career and awardsEdit

Yong's approach to popular science writing has been described as "the future of science news",[15] and he has received numerous awards for his work. Yong received the National Academies Communication Award from the National Academy of Sciences of the United States in 2010[citation needed] in recognition of his online journalism, then part of Discover's blog group. In the same year he received three awards from, which supports online science journalism focused on covering research that has already been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals which can be adapted for a wider public audience.[16][17] In 2012 he received the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Stephen White Award.[18] His blog received the first Best Science Blog award from the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) in 2014.[19]

Yong's interactions with other science bloggers and engagement with commenters on his own blog have served as case studies for academic work in media studies.[20][21][22]:251–63



  1. ^ a b Anon (2016). "Edmund Soon-Weng YONG". London: Companies House. Archived from the original on 2016-07-22. 
  2. ^ Yong, Ed (2011). "Friendly bacteria move in mysterious ways". Nature. doi:10.1038/news.2011.614. 
  3. ^ Yong, Ed (2013). "Memory molecule dethroned". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2013.12139. 
  4. ^ Yong, Ed (2013). "Bigger groups mean complex cultures". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2013.14158. 
  5. ^ Yong, Ed (2015). "Microbiology: Here's looking at you, squid". Nature. 517 (7534): 262–264. doi:10.1038/517262a. PMID 25592518. 
  6. ^ Yong, Ed (2014). "First response: Race against time". Nature. 510 (7506): S5–S5. doi:10.1038/510S5a. 
  7. ^ Yong, Ed (2013). "Armor against Prejudice". Scientific American. 308 (6): 76–80. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0613-76. PMID 23729075. 
  8. ^ Yong, Ed (2014). "The amateur geneticist who surprised science". BBC. Archived from the original on 2016-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Ed Yong Guardian Profile". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2016-04-10. 
  10. ^ a b c Yong, Ed (2014). "Ed Yong, Science Writer". Archived from the original on 2014-03-20. 
  11. ^ Yong, Ed (2015). "Bugs on patrol". New Scientist. 226 (3024): 40–43. doi:10.1016/S0262-4079(15)30523-6. 
  12. ^ Yong, Ed. "Not Exactly Rocket Science". National Geographic. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  13. ^ Anon (2015-07-23). "The Atlantic Expands Its News Team and Adds Other New Roles". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on 2016-06-29. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Yong, Edmund Soon-Weng (2005). Searching for the human resolvase (MPhil thesis). University of London. OCLC 926124477. 
  15. ^ Rennie, John (3 February 2011). "Why Ed Yong is the Future of Science News (and You Could Be, Too)". PLoS Blogs. PLOS. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Research Blogging Awards 2010". Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  17. ^ Munger, David (2010). "Exactly, Ed Yong". SEED Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  18. ^ "Ed Yong wins NUJ Stephen White science award". National Union of Journalists. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Winners". Association of British Science Writers. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  20. ^ Shanahan, M.-C. (8 September 2011). "Science blogs as boundary layers: Creating and understanding new writer and reader interactions through science blogging". Journalism. 12 (7): 903–919. doi:10.1177/1464884911412844. 
  21. ^ Fahy, D.; Nisbet, M. C. (8 September 2011). "The science journalist online: Shifting roles and emerging practices". Journalism. 12 (7): 778–793. doi:10.1177/1464884911412697. 
  22. ^ Elmer, Greg (2015). Elmer, Greg; Langlois, Ganaele; Redden, Joanna, eds. Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN 9781501306501. 
  23. ^ Discover often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "New Electronics Can Stretch, Flex and Even Dissolve in the Body" online.

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