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Looking for Life on a Flat Earth
Alan Burdick writes about a growing community of people who reject the notion that the Earth is round.
Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World
Douglas Preston discusses Conservation International’s rapid-response mission to the Mosquitia region of Honduras, home to an ancient city known as the City of the Monkey God and many rare jungle
Trying, and Mostly Failing, to Study the Life of New York City’s Rats
Marguerite Holloway describes the Templeton Project, a collaborative attempt to capture the lives of New York City’s rats using tracking devices.
Free Will, Video Games, and the Profoundest Quantum Mystery
David Kaiser discusses a recent study in the journal Nature, in which an international team of experimental physicists discuss the results of the Big Bell Test, which probed quantum mechanics using
Fleeing the Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano
Sierra Crane-Murdoch visits the Leilani Estates subdivision, near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, and talks to residents whose houses stand in the path of the lava.
Elegy for the World’s Oldest Spider
Alan Burdick remembers No. 16, an Australian trapdoor spider that lived to the age of forty-three, and discusses the effect that she had on the naturalist Barbara York Main, whose work has been
Coming to Terms with a Life Without Water
Rosa Lyster discusses the drought in Cape Town, South Africa, and what it’s like to reckon with living in an increasingly parched world.
Hiroshima, Kyoto, and the Bombs of Climate Change
Bill McKibben describes a recent visit to the Japanese cities of Kyoto and Hiroshima, symbols of the greatest threats that humanity has ever faced: nuclear weapons and global warming. What makes those
Scott Pruitt’s Crusade Against “Secret Science” Could Be Disastrous for Public Health
Carolyn Kormann discusses a new rule proposed by Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, titled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” and considers how it could affect government
America’s Top Scientists Reprimand Donald Trump (Again)
Carolyn Kormann discusses a statement by more than five hundred members of the National Academy of Sciences decrying the Trump Administration’s “denigration of scientific expertise and harassment of
A Stunning Gene-Therapy Breakthrough in the Fight Against Beta Thalassemia, a Devastating Blood Disease
Jerome Groopman discusses the results of a trial described in the New England Journal of Medicine, in which twenty-two patients with beta thalassemia, a common and devastating blood disorder, were
Ryan Zinke’s Great American Fire Sale
Carolyn Kormann examines Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s first year in office, in particular his attempts to lease large swaths of federal public land to oil-and-gas prospectors.
Michael Bloomberg Takes on the Coal Industry
In an exclusive interview, Carolyn Kormann talks to Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and former three-term Mayor of New York City, about his philanthropy’s efforts to fight climate
A Whistle-Blower Alleges Corruption in Rick Perry’s Department of Energy
Carolyn Kormann reports on the case of Simon Edelman, a former chief creative officer at the D.O.E. who alleges that he was fired for sharing “evidence of criminal corruption, obstruction of justice,
How to Fix Facebook
Adrian Chen, Nathan Heller, Andrew Marantz, and Anna Wiener discuss the Cambridge Analytica revelations; the response from Facebook’s C.E.O., Mark Zuckerberg; and the future of “social responsibility”
What’s Missing from “An Inconvenient Sequel,” Al Gore’s New Climate-Change Documentary
Michelle Nijhuis examines the follow-up to 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and how climate-change messaging has evolved.