Decoding DickinsonEmily Dickinson’s cryptic biological references have fooled many readers. Here’s how to interpret her poems with a naturalist’s eye.
Bullies Have a Trump CardAnti-bullying efforts need to address the stubborn problem of popular bullies.
Freeing Dogs With FencesVolunteering to build fences can help deliver dogs (and their owners) from chains.
We Need to Talk About Climate ChangeTragedies like the Fort McMurray fire make it more important, not less.
Lessons Learned From Nobel Laureate Harry KrotoThe scientist who passed away earlier this week was more than a chemist—he was an advocate and a mentor, too.
Their Next ActThe Ringling Brothers’ elephants are retiring—and moving to Florida to contribute to cancer research.
“Everyone” Downloads Research Papers IllegallyScience magazine just published a great piece on the utility of Sci-Hub. Unfortunately, its defense of its own business model is flawed.
On Earth Day, Let Lab Girl Persuade You to Plant a TreeIn an excerpt from her wildly popular book, Hope Jahren details her devotion to plants.
This Week’s Back-to-Back Earthquakes Don’t Mean the World Is EndingIt’s only unusual because they both struck highly populated areas.
Are Humans Definitely Smarter Than Apes?At certain things, perhaps. But at some specific tasks, perhaps not.
Don’t Anthropomorphize Inky the Octopus! Not because it’s bad, but because it might make you miss what’s so fascinating about these creatures in the first place.
What Will Make Interstellar Travel a Reality?An $100 million investment is good, but it’s just the beginning.
Craigslist for Scientific ResearchScientists who don’t have the pricey equipment to conduct experiments can now outsource their tasks to other scientists.
How Emily Dickinson Grew Her Genius in Her Family’s BackyardDickinson’s poetic innovations depended on her skills as a gardener and naturalist.
The Secret Language of Campus SquirrelsBerkeley researchers read the body language of a twitchy, anxious mammal.
There’s Still Hope for the Great Barrier ReefFixing climate change isn’t the only thing we can do to help the reef recover.
This Is Your Mind on BrainsWhy we’re so mesmerized by MRIs of lit-up brains, even though most of us have no clue what we’re looking at.
The Labeling ShortcutThe FDA should spend less time worrying about labels and more time better regulating the entire industry.
The High Schooler Behind the Mini-Brain GeneratorAn unconventional summer project may help shed light on how Zika affects developing babies’ brains.
It Doesn’t Matter If You Think It’s Nice OutOur understanding of global climate change needs to move beyond our personal experiences of weather.
Unfortunately, You Can’t Have a Lemur as a PetIt seems like it would be the best, but it would actually be the worst.
All Your Burning Questions About Weed, AnsweredDoes coughing get you high faster? Can your cat really get stoned? How would an adult find a dealer?
Can SeaWorld Redeem Itself?As it moves to stop captive breeding, there’s a future for SeaWorld that might actually benefit animals, instead of harm them.
Is Trying to Save the World a Radical Act?From James Hansen to the children suing for their future, radical climate activism is perfectly logical.
Some Animals Are More Equal Than OthersAfter 50 years of animal-welfare legislation, rats and mice are still left out in the cold.