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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.