This Ecologist Wants to Tell You What Matters in Science
“What physicists and astronomers do is trivial compared to solving these problems.”
Reinventing Staten Island
The ecological philosophy of turning a garbage dump into a park.
The Oldest Problem in American Prisons
U.S. prisons aren’t prepared for an inmate population that is getting older and sicker.
Spark of Science: Melissa Franklin
Harvard’s first tenured woman physicist tells us about her heroes and her work.
Do Dolphins Have Conversations? We Still Can’t Say
Sure, dolphins use sonar, whiz through the ocean at incredible speeds, and battle sharks. But can they chat? Last week, a study published in Russia’s St. Petersburg Polytechnical University Journal: Physics and Mathematics claimed to have recorded two dolphins doing just that. Two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, named Yasha and Yana, exchanged a series of vocal […]
The Sacred Beauty of a Hermit Thrush Call
On an early morning in June, New York City’s Prospect Park is peaceful and nearly empty: A few people sleeping on benches, a few more walking their dogs, and the birds chirping—exactly what Ben Mirin comes to hear, and they put on quite a show. Whistling, warbling, tweeting, and trilling, the avian residents of Prospect […]