There’s a bat apocalypse unfolding. Can science stop it?

Shellfish, pineapples, and laxatives may be able to help us save bats from white-nose syndrome.

Brilliant stargazing destinations around the world

The beautiful thing about staring off into the skies is that you can do so from any continent. However, the best sites to stargaze share a few qualities in common: they feature low light pollution, they’re at a higher altitude, and they are framed by fascinating landforms that illuminate under a brilliant night sky. We…

In the war against climate change, are solar panels our victory...

The world’s leading climate scientists now give us a little over a decade to stop and reverse climate change. As time is running out, the brightest minds in renewable energy are looking up. Literally. Solar solutions are now easier, cheaper, and smarter than ever before, and the power is in the personal. The best way…

Leopard, hyena share a rare meal—before other cats cut in

On a recent spring afternoon in South Africa's Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a female leopard kills a spiral-horned nyala. The big cat and her juvenile cub settle in for a meal, but they are soon interrupted by an unlikely pair. More than a football field away, a young male leopard has just been chased off…

What dinosaur eggs reveal about ancient parenting styles

From colorful shells to hatchling feeding habits, fossils are revealing ever deeper links between dinosaurs and today's birds.

This unique Diwali celebration helps protect nature in Nepal

The Bollywood beats pumped from a sound system all afternoon and reverberated against the clay-and-grass houses in Bhangaha, a village next to Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. During my visit in October 2017 on the third day of Diwali, the five-day Hindu festival of lights, my guide Sanjay Mahato, a 35-year-old waiter at the nearby Meghauli…

Who was Guy Fawkes, the man behind the mask?

Tensions were high in England in late October 1605, when an English nobleman, Lord Monteagle, received a mysterious letter. Along with the rest of England’s peers and the king, Monteagle intended to attend the opening of Parliament a few days later, on November 5. The unsigned letter got straight to the point: “My lord, out…

These swamp creatures serve a purpose… and need our help

The phrase “drain the swamp” goes back many decades in reference to changing bureaucracy—and it implies that swamps are stagnant, undesirable places. In reality, swamps are wildly productive. The swamps in the Middle East’s were a boon to agriculture and human society, and the area is considered the birthplace of civilization. Only five percent of…

Pro snowboarder rallies voters for winter

Jeremy Jones has a big appetite for mammoth challenges. Whether it’s making snowboarding films on “un-rideable” backcountry peaks or designing the next generation of snowboards or establishing the nonprofit Protect Our Winters (POW) to mobilize the outdoor sports community to address climate change, he’s demonstrated a considerable aptitude for finding bold solutions to seemingly impossible…

Do you love or loathe coffee? Your genes may be to...

Scientists are teasing out how jitters, sleeplessness, and even bitter taste are all influenced by tiny variations in your genetic code.