How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution
The extravagant splendor of the animal kingdom can’t be explained by natural selection alone — so how did it come to be?
The New York Times Magazine
Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?
Our species possesses inherent value, but we are devastating the earth and causing unimaginable animal suffering.
The New York Times
Scientists Identify Vast Underground Ecosystem Containing Billions of Micro-Organisms
Global team of scientists find ecosystem below earth that is twice the size of world’s oceans.
What Is This Feeling We Call ‘Sublime’?
It is an aesthetic experience that modern, Western philosophers often theorize about, as well as, more recently, experimental psychologists and neuroscientists in the field of neuroaesthetics.
Why Forests Inspire Awe
“I think it’s the perception of collectivity in forests,” Dacher Keltner said, “where the eye doesn’t focus on one object but on interconnections amongst many.”
Special Package: Resilience
A series of articles examines ways of coping with natural disasters, war and displacement, and climate change — not to mention resilience tactics in nature.
Simpler Math Tames the Complexity of Microbe Networks
The dizzying network of interactions within microbe communities can defy analysis. But a new approach that simplifies the math might make progress possible.
Today, Cataloguing The Human Microbiome. Tomorrow, The World’s
What can the microbiome of Komodo dragons and coral reefs tell us about microbial life on Earth?
The Crazy-Ambitious Effort to Catalogue Every Microbe on Earth
It's the most macro study of the microscopic world ever published.
Insects Are in Serious Trouble
In western Germany, populations of flying insects have fallen by around 80 percent in the last three decades.
Why Nature Prefers Hexagons
The geometric rules behind fly eyes, honeycombs, and soap bubbles.
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