How Ancient Rome’s 1% Hijacked the Beach

March 19, 2018

by Heather Pringle • The rich, the poor, and the battle for the Bay of Naples.


Weapons of War Litter the Ocean Floor

March 12, 2018

by Andrew Curry • At least one million tonnes of chemical weapons were dumped in the oceans between 1919 and 1980. Now what?


The Long, Knotty, World-Spanning Story of String

March 6, 2018

by Ferris Jabr • String is far more important than the wheel in the pantheon of inventions.


Lord of the ’Rhynchs

February 27, 2018

by Adrienne Mason • There and back again: a taxonomist’s quest to reveal the world’s tiniest realms.


A Sunken Bridge the Size of a Continent

February 19, 2018

by Krista Langlois, Heather Pringle • A remote Arctic land may hold a vital missing chapter from human history. The only problem? It disappeared at the end of the last ice age.


Hawai‘i’s Last Outlaw Hippies

February 14, 2018

by Brendan Borrell • After half a century, the counterculture squatters of Kalalau Valley are facing a final eviction.


The Trees That Sail to Sea

February 6, 2018

by Brian Payton • In one of nature’s remarkable second acts, dead trees become driftwood and embark on transformative journeys.


Eel of Fortune

January 30, 2018

by Karen Pinchin • Against a backdrop of competing cultural and commercial interests, Canadian regulators will soon spin the wheel on the future of the little-understood American eel.


The Noose Beneath the Waves

January 23, 2018

by Sasha Chapman • Fishing gear can pose a deadly threat to whales—and to those who try to save them.


Why Iceland Is Turning Purple

January 16, 2018

by Egill Bjarnason • Buoyed by climate change, an invasive plant is taking over the landscape of the island nation.