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Video/Nature & Environment

Preventing the all-consuming sound pollution of modern life starts with listening to nature

10 minutes


Bad mothers and why they make a difference to cheetah survival

Anne Hilborn

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

Essay/Sports & Games

Rules of ascent

For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better?

Paul Sagar

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

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

20 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

In the murky waters of climate change, native fishers are among the most vulnerable

7 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

Watchers of the earth

Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters. Scientists are now listening

Carrie Arnold


How to build a full pottery workshop from the earth up

11 minutes

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

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

26 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

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

15 minutes

Video/Architecture & Landscape

A ski mountain as a stunning ethereal reflection on how we move through nature

14 minutes


There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos

Richard Moore


How to play mathematics

The world is full of mundane, meek, unconscious things embodying fiendishly complex mathematics. What can we learn from them?

Margaret Wertheim

Video/Sports & Games

Why falconers believe a bird of prey in action is still a wonder worth beholding

4 minutes


Feel-good fractals: from ocean waves to Jackson Pollock’s art

Florence Williams

Idea/Nature & Environment

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

Bernd Brunner

Video/Nature & Environment

A Herculean fish and the fight against a $6 billion mega-dam project in Alaska

25 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

Clash of cousins: monkeys and humans wage a droll turf war at the Rock of Gibraltar

17 minutes

Video/Space Exploration

‘Space junk’ is a calamity in the making and a threat to anyone venturing off Earth

11 minutes

Idea/Meaning & the Good Life

Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it’s necessary

Emrys Westacott

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

Idea/Nature & Environment

It’s not easy to make landscape a place: you have to feel it

Fiona Stafford

Video/Space Exploration

Think pollution is just an on-Earth problem? Anthropocene junk is in space too

2 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

We can’t fly like birds, nor can we stop our gaze soaring skyward to dream of it

3 minutes

Idea/Earth Science

Keeping kids frenetically entertained is ruining our museums

Brian Switek

Video/Nature & Environment

Can the market save an endangered species? South Africa’s rhino horn conundrum

9 minutes


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

Idea/Nature & Environment

Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

Michael Jawer