Can We Know What Animals Are Thinking?
The inner lives of other species.
The inner lives of other species.
“It is a beautiful hand: strong, with long, slender fingers and smooth skin, its nails ridgeless and pink. If you didn’t know Jonathan Koch—if you first met him, say, on the courts at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Club—you might not suspect that his hand previously belonged to someone else.”
He was the most powerful fish broker in New Bedford, America’s most valuable seafood port. The Russians who arrived looking to buy his operation were undercover agents and he told them everything.
On the underground doctors unleashing the healing powers of hallucinogens.
In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.
The psychology behind our limitations of reason.
A collection of picks on Montreal's plow racket, what it’s like to freeze to death, the wilds of eastern Siberia and more.
Collusion, sabotage, violence—inside Montreal’s no-holds-barred snow removal racket.
First chill, then stupor, then letting go.
In 1912, 300 miles deep on a trek into the uncharted Antarctic wilderness, Douglas Mawson lost most of his crew and supplies. This is the story of how he got back.
A dispatch from eastern Siberia, a realm of steel-shattering cold and nullifying vastness sometimes called “the white hell.”
In 2001, a young Japanese woman walked into the North Dakota woods. Had she come in search of the $1 million dollars buried by a fictional character in the film Fargo?
How the ski town of the super-rich responds to global warming.
The avalanche at Tunnel Creek.
A trip to the Iditarod.
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The DIY explorers who dream of a 35-million-mile trek.
Sounding a warning on pesticides.
On light pollution and a place called Gerlach.
A war on wolves in Utah.
Around 60 people in the world share a condition called “highly superior autobiographical memory.” They remember absolutely everything.
A team of researchers has a controversial plan to root fake data out of science.
Astronomy, history, and spirituality collide at the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea.
On Alaska’s North Slope, village schools aim to blend book learning with the Arctic reality.
Can a $100,000 robot that makes a delicious crab bisque replace a real chef?
We devote vast resources to intensive, one-off procedures, while starving the kind of steady, intimate care that often helps people more.
Did our ancient cousins get a bad rap?
When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska, veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call.
Stalking bluefin tuna, the most valuable wild animal in the world.
Growing crops in the city, without soil or natural light.
After thousands of birds vanished overnight from a Florida refuge, conspiracy theories bloomed.
Henry Heimlich saved untold choking victimes when he invented his maneuver in 1974. Since then, he’s searched in vain for another miracle treatment—pushing ethical boundaries along the way. Now at the end of his career, Heimlich has hired an investigator to find an anonymous critic working full-time to destroy his legacy.
The little-understood history of the whales and how barnacles may be the key to understanding how giant mammals evolved underwater.
A photographer’s quest to document a changing planet from above.