Consumed as tea around the world, Camellia sinensis raises questions about plantation labor practices and the environmental impact of monocultures.
A newly identified “Hell chicken” species suggests dinosaurs weren’t sliding toward extinction before the fateful asteroid hit.
How did an oleoresin produced by insects in Asia become a standard part of European furniture manufacture and conservation?
Could lab-grown fur be an ethical alternative to fur farming?
Pet cemeteries document how humans’ relationships with their pets—and their deaths—have evolved since the Victorian era.
The perennial prairie grass used to cover large swaths of the American Midwest, creating vibrant ecosystems where birds, butterflies, and bison roamed.
How well do you really know Tyrannosaurus rex, the so-called Tyrant Lizard King?
DNA sequencing, GPS tracking and tailored diets are slowly restoring the endangered kākāpō.
Employed as a symbol of the American South or used as shorthand for unchecked growth, kudzu has demonstrated a tenacity beyond all imagination.
The source of quinine, cinchona tells a story about the value placed on parts of plants and how that value can be extracted and distorted in support of empire.