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Essays and videos exploring physics, evolution, cosmology and other frontiers in science
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Ecology and environmental sciences

Dominion

To take care of the Earth, humans must recognise that we are both a part of the animal kingdom and its dominant power

Hugh Desmond

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The environment

Decoupling

We need to find a way for human societies to prosper while the planet heals. So far we can’t even think clearly about it

Ville Lähde

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Earth science and climate

The only man permitted in Bhutan’s sacred mountains chronicles humanity’s impact

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Ecology and environmental sciences

The ancient Hawaiian myth that sparked a modern ecological breakthrough

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Deep time

When algae met fungi – the hidden story of life’s most successful partnership

4 minutes

Aerial view of a snowy forest from a helicopter, with a person in a helmet and green jacket pointing downwards.
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Ecology and environmental sciences

From helicopter flybys to trail cameras, there’s no one way to count a wolf

8 minutes

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Nature and landscape

Take a serene hike through an ancient forest, inspired by a Miyazaki masterpiece

6 minutes

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Biology

To understand how an animal sees the world, start with the shape of its pupils

5 minutes

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The environment

Tree-sit with activists as they fight industrial logging from 100 feet above the ground

25 minutes

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Animals and humans

Scientists brought a wild horse back from extinction. But is it truly the same animal?

5 minutes

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Ecology and environmental sciences

The grassroots project that’s restoring an endangered Hawaiian ecosystem

22 minutes

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Thinkers and theories

Is simulation theory a way to shirk responsibility for the world we’ve created?

13 minutes

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Architecture

Modern architecture should embrace – not ignore or repel – the nonhuman world

8 minutes

A misty, moss-covered forest with twisted trees and dense undergrowth, creating a mysterious, green, and lush atmosphere.
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Ecology and environmental sciences

In an ancient English rainforest, John creates charcoal and cultivates growth

12 minutes

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Environmental history

Disturbance

How atomic doomsday experiments, fuelled by Cold War fears, shaped then shook ecologists’ faith in self-healing nature

Laura J Martin

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Biology

The idea that life on Earth originated elsewhere is not as far out as it seems

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Biology

Flicker through the eclectic beauty and biological diversity of 2,400 leaves

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Nature and landscape

Home and the birdsong

In the dark, sylvan villages of medieval England, people named places after the birds that filled the night with music

Michael J Warren

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Knowledge

Yes, the Inuit have dozens of words for snow – but what does each one mean exactly?

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Oceans and water

Tomorrow’s corals

A warming planet and acid oceans will radically transform marine ecosystems. How will our beloved reefs survive?

Klaus M Stiefel & James D Reimer

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Deep time

Mutual entrapment

As Neolithic people transformed prehistoric forests, they stumbled into an ecological trap. Domestication goes both ways

Mette Løvschal

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Ecology and environmental sciences

Producing food while restoring the planet – a glimpse of farming in the future

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Ecology and environmental sciences

Yo-Yo Ma performs a work for cello in the woods, accompanied by a birdsong chorus

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Anthropology

Keeping our options open

Frantic human activity has reduced both cultural and biological diversity. Now we must protect the dwindling alternatives

Thomas Hylland Eriksen