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Dan Samorodnitsky

Senior Editor

My name's Dan. I'm the Senior Editor at Massive Science. When I was a researcher, I would read paper after paper, wishing scientists would write like humans. Now, at Massive, I am striking "furthermore" and "additionally" from the human lexicon.

Dan has contributed to 3 reports

Massive Science Report № 3

You Are What You Meat

We worked with scientists in the field to explain how we’re growing meats in labs—and when you can eat them. It's your introduction to the next agricultural revolution.

Massive Science Report № 2

Opening Our Minds

Join five scientists as they explain the research behind new psychedelic treatments for mental illnesses

Massive Science Report № 1

You Don't Know GMOs

We've gathered a team of geneticists, biologists, and environmental scientists to bring you the most up-to-date report on the science, history, and safety of genetically-modified organisms.

Dan has authored 26 articles

The lab-leak hypothesis for COVID-19 is becoming a conspiracy theory

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To explain where SARS-CoV-2 came from, look at processes with scientific explanations and precedents

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An anonymous COVID-19 contact tracing app that warns you when your friends are sick

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A different kind of contact tracing sounds an alarm when people in your social circle are falling ill

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What’s happening in Texas is climate nihilism

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The disastrous blackouts are the government admitting they don't care if some people die

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The NIH is turning the human reference genome into a pangenome

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An interview with the creative team behind "The Human Pangenome"

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The protein Klotho could extend the life of the brain. Is that a good thing?

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Klotho originates in the brain but the hype has spread worldwide

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Meet Lady Mary Montagu, who brought smallpox inoculation to England

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This poet and essayist likely saved many lives from this deadly, disfiguring disease

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Climate strikers send a message: "Put your planet and its people over profit"

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"We are supposed to be the 'leaders of tomorrow', but are being forced to become the leaders of today because our current leaders refuse to hear our cries"

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The water supply for billions of people is drying up

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The cryosphere is melting, sea levels are rising, and oceans are acidifying, says upcoming IPCC report

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Meet Stephanie Kwolek, the woman who gave us bulletproof vests and yoga pants

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The long-serving DuPont chemist invented kevlar and contributed to spandex

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Meet Annie Easley, the barrier-breaking mathematician who helped us explore the solar system

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She overcame life-long racial discrimination to complete a long and impactful career at NASA

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Genetically modified crops are way more common than you'd think

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It's not just about what you eat – GM crops make their way into everything

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Carl Zimmer explores the mysteries and contradictions of genetics

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In 'She Has Her Mother's Laugh,' Zimmer reveals the lawlessness of our genes

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Charles Darwin, made flesh and tedious

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A new book humanizes the legend, but few will want to read it

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Should peer review stop being anonymous?

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Prominent researchers can take the gamble, but junior scientists risk retribution

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Will genetic choice make sex obsolete?

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Anyone hoping to shop for blemish-free, farm-to-crib babies with no diseases and a poet’s soul will be disappointed

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Henry Greely, bioethicist and attorney, on why genetic tech isn't so scary

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'I probably wouldn’t regulate anything except possibly parents'

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Science brawls, explained by a scientist

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Here's what scientists are feuding about online this week

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Space futurism is stupid

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There is no reason to think that billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk know what's best for humanity

These are the health effects of tear gas

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Tear gas can kill, but exposure can also cause chronic respiratory difficulty and severe eye injuries for months and potentially years after

The Moderna mRNA vaccine works against newly emerged COVID-19 mutants

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Mutants like B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 carrying changes in the virus spike protein appear to help the virus spread, but not to evade currently available vaccines

How is the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine delivered to cells?

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RNA is fragile, and the bloodstream a hostile place for foreign objects. How does the vaccine actually get where it needs to go?

What is the COVID-19 polyclonal antibody treatment that President Trump took?

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It's a mix of different antibodies that target the virus slightly differently for a combined effect

A potential sign of life has been discovered in the clouds of Venus

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Scientists found phosphine in the atmosphere, a molecule commonly associated with life, but stressed that they had not discovered life itself

Can men be bisexual?

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm

The US is deporting scientists. I’m one of them

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ICE is using COVID-19 confusion as cover to force immigrant scientists out

The Trump administration puts transphobic pseudoscience into law

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They call it science but it's nothing of the sort

And now some stories of scientists getting mansplained to

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Being an expert in your field doesn't stop people from telling you what they think

No more coronavirus takes

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Please I'm begging you

CDC confirms three person-to-person cases of coronavirus in the United States

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The number includes a patient in Sacramento County, California, but it does not include 44 people from a cruise ship quarantined in Japan

Remembering Katherine Johnson. A space scientist's life in pictures

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A critical scientist for the space program, passed away today at 101

Mars is hiding behind the Moon this morning

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It's a twice-a-year occultation; like the eclipse, but it's Mars, and there's no shadow

Don't believe the conspiracy theories you hear about coronavirus and HIV

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Especially if you work for the New York Times

Watch a Dragon launch towards the International Space Station today!

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Takeoff is at 12:30PM EST. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft is resupplying the ISS with stuff for new experiments and tech demos

Conquistadors brought disease to the pumpkins and squash of the Americas

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Cucumber disease, brought by invaders, jumped to native agriculture

A continuously updated list of bad genetics studies

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Is there a gene for being a cat person? A dog person? A mean person? A selfish person?

A tracker is keeping tabs on the Trump administration's assault on science

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The Silencing Science Tracker has been compiling records since 2018

Catch Mercury crossing in front of the Sun, or wait 'til 2032 for your next chance

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From about 7:35AM to 1PM EST, a tiny dot will chug across the Sun

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Should peer review stop being anonymous?

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Prominent researchers can take the gamble, but junior scientists risk retribution

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Scientific knowledge is drowning in a flood of research

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A comic about the problems with the -omics, illustrated by Matteo Farinella

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