Hot, sunny days and warm, humid nights bring out insects galore. We celebrate the pollinators; the fireflies; the glorious bugs of summer. Photoessay by Rhiannon Newman.
Think your apartment is too small for a garden? Guess again. This teeny DIY edible garden will tickle your tastebuds (and your inner interior decorator). Great for any sunny sill.
Sophie Krause introduces us to the unexpected diversity of the apple.
The system that delivers water to California's dry southlands may be what holds the state through its three year drought. By Holly McKelvey.
On the road and back out there. Photographs by Christian Whiting.
The beginning of winter can seem unbearably cold, but by spring our bodies are seemingly immune to the chill in the air. We get under your skin to find out why. By Holly McKelvey.
Winter in the depths of space, under oily rains on icy lakeshores: a glimpse into the coldest season on the alien landscape of Saturn's largest moon. By Elise Wall.
Germs are in us and on us. They affect our health, and may even shape our evolution. By Amy McDermott.
Lionfish are an ecological disaster when introduced beyond their native range. But in the Caribbean, restaurants are fighting back in a new and tasty way.
Ever wonder why fall heralds the stunning golds and reds of changing foliage? We get inside leaves, and to the heart of the matter.
The foggy mountains of central California remind us that we're all scientists at heart.
Pint-sized cattle provide land-efficient beef. By Callie Leuck. Coming soon.
The Asian 'Greenhouse' camel cricket is now more common in cellars and basements than any native camel cricket species. This Q&A with ecologist Mary Jane Epps asks how this happened, and why we didn't notice sooner.
Urbanization fractures populations and displaces Southern California natives. By Amelia Taylor-Hochberg.
Devices called proximity loggers are helping researchers understand how a barn swallow interacts with its flight-mates—and hinting at what social connectedness could mean for an individual’s wellbeing. By Laura Booth.
Sophie Krause gives us five good reasons to grow heirloom plants this spring.
Can the act of fishing change the way Cleveland thinks about its most damaged watersheds? By Matt Stansberry, Illustration by David Wilson.
On a stroll down an icy beach, Holly McKelvey meditates on stories written in rock.
The science of fish pain raises greater questions about the philosophy of consciousness and animal welfare. By Amy McDermott.
The science behind the dazzling displays of marine fish. By Joe Curtis.
Sunflowers are a timeless sign of late summer, bringing a breath of countryside calm to windowsills in even the most bustling metropolis. But how were these sunburst-orange beauties domesticated? We trace the controversial story of sunflowers from wild to cultivar.
Flu is an unsavory hallmark of the colder months. Influenza season begins in autumn and peaks in winter. But why does flu have a season at all?
How fermentation preserves the spoils of the harvest, and how you can make sauerkraut at home.