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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Twilight for the Sawfish

January 8, 2018

by Jori Lewis • In West Africa, the sawfish was once a source of cultural pride and power. What happens to traditional African cultures as it disappears?

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