Ecological Surprises From Fires Down Under
The recent Australian 2019-2020 bushfires were devastating for people and fauna. Long term, they may not hurt wildlife and ecosystems as much as expected.
A brief history of astronaut food, from nutrition cubes to space salads.
Why the History of Science Should Matter to Scientists
Two historians consider the field of taxonomy to ask what history can provide science at the bench level.
Should We Go to Mars? Carl Sagan Had Thoughts
It'd be "a step more significant than the colonization of land by our amphibian ancestors some 500 million years ago." But Sagan had reservations.
Plant of the Month: Elderberry
The recent entrance of elderberry into mainstream success is marked by an increasing popular desire to engage with traditional, “natural” remedies.
The Ecological Prescience of Dune
Frank Herbert’s novel isn't just about space messiahs, giant sandworms, and trippy space drugs. At its core, the sci-fi epic is about ecology.
The Anatomy of Melancholy at 400: Still Good Advice
Scholars! Feeling blue? Read on.
E. O. Wilson and Biodiversity
Everyone talks about biodiversity these days, but an entomologist just might be its fiercest advocate.
Climate Change: A Syllabus
A selection of stories to foster dialogue among students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Why Climate-Change Geoengineering Feels Wrong
The idea of altering the climate instead of tackling emissions in earnest inspires widespread angst. A philosopher considers why.