Brandon Keim

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    Nature’s Fear Factor

    Ecologists argue balance is maintained by predators on the prowl.

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    How “My Octopus Teacher” Defied Convention

    Craig Foster reflects on a relationship that changed his connection to the natural world.

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    Octopuses Find New Hunting Buddies

    Animals are teaming up to adapt to a changing world.

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    The Pandemic Can’t Lock Down Nature

    Witnessing wildlife carry on is not just an escape. It’s reassuring.

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    Where to See the Real Living Dead

    Everyone knows forests are alive, but Suzanne Simard, who studies complex, symbiotic networks, helps us see that life anew. Even dying, for a tree, is not what it seems.Photograph by Tomasz Wrzesien / Shutterstock Talk of “Mother Trees,” from a scientist studying plant life, can sound fanciful, like something out of a fairy tale. Suzanne […]

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    Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Trees

    Plants communicate, nurture their seedlings, and get stressed.

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    How “Useless” Science Unraveled an Amphibian Apocalypse

    One spring day in 1984, Joyce Longcore got a phone call from Joan Brooks, a biologist at the University of Maine. Brooks had received a National Science Foundation grant to study the interactions of fungi and bacteria in peat bogs. She needed a hand, and she heard through the grapevine that Longcore knew a bit […]

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    This Piece of Ocean Trash Criticizes Ocean Trash

    Nearly three years ago, George Boorujy took a trip to Wolfe’s Pond Park, on the southeastern edge of Staten Island in New York City, and threw a bottle into the ocean.On a cold, sunny day this February, artist Brigitte Barthelemy, her husband, and their schnauzer, Elton, went for a walk on a beach in Royan, […]

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    Why Are So Many Animals Homosexual?

    Few creatures can boast of devotions so deep as greylag geese. Most are monogamous; many spend their decade-long adult lives with the same goose, side-by-side in constant communication, taking another partner only if the first should die. It’s a remarkable degree of fidelity, and it includes relationships of a sort that some humans consider unnatural.Quite […]

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    What Pigeons Teach Us About Love

    The sweet, avian romance of Harold and Maude.