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Ecology & Environmental Sciences

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Video/Nature & Environment

A year-long observation reveals the secret life of a tree and its animal visitors

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Video/History of Technology

How oceanographers captured a mysterious undersea noise – and the public’s imagination

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From egg to the air: 21 days of bee development condensed into one mesmerising minute

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Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Polar bears need to be fat, and they can’t be without sea ice

Thea Bechshoft

Essay/Stories & Literature

Sands of time

The North Sea is rich in signs of what made the modern world. It's also a monument to what awaits us in the Anthropocene

David Farrier

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

How a tiny group of insects escaped extinction by hiding in a bush for 80 years

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Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

The eerie otherworldliness of slow undersea life sped up to a human pace

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Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Bring back the mammoth to fight global warming? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

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Video/Nature & Environment

Can combining commerce and conservation keep American bison in the wild?

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A cut-throat case of evolutionary backstabbing in the Peruvian rainforest

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Idea/Nature & Environment

Winter is a time of regeneration: we’ll miss it when it’s gone

Bernd Brunner


What the death of an oak tree can teach us about mortality

Gabriel Popkin

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

A tale of three dogs

Coyotes, dingoes and wolves are all dogs, as intelligent and loyal as our familiars. Our treatment of them is unconscionable

Brandon Keim


Coded vibrations and signal jamming – the secret language of the treehoppers

5 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces

David Farrier


Written in baleen

Trees lay down rings, the Earth tells its story in geological strata and now we’ve found the secret archive of the whale

Rebecca Kessler

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

How the return of just 66 wolves rejuvenated Yellowstone’s entire ecosystem

5 minutes

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

What else do we lose when we lose sight of the stars?

3 minutes

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Why we must keep the fires of the magical firefly burning

Sara Lewis


How airborne microbes ride clouds, hop continents and even make it rain

5 minutes

Idea/Social Psychology

Why breaking the rules outdoors is an irresponsible thrill

Rebecca Lawton

Idea/Food & Drink

Foodie localism loves farming in theory, but not in practice

Debbie Weingarten


Extinction is forever: de-extinction can’t save what we had

Brian Switek


‘Chemophobia’ is irrational, harmful – and hard to break

James Kennedy


Taking children to an aquarium is a lesson in cruelty

Skye C Cleary

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Beneath the snowpack lies a secret ecosystem: the subnivium

Kimberly Thompson


The songs of the wolves

Wolves’ howls are eerie, beautiful and wild. But what are they actually saying to each other?

Holly Root-Gutteridge

Essay/Nature & Environment

Ghosts and tiny treasures

We are quick to condemn a hunter posing with his prey, but all too slow to cultivate a chronic passion for wild things

Bryan Pfeiffer

Video/The Future

Is the Global Seed Vault in Norway humanity’s last, best hope?

4 minutes

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Do human bodies carry more toxins now than 50 years ago?

Matt Limmer