The Idea of Entropy Has Led Us Astray
Let’s stop hustling as if the world is running toward disorder.
The Superorganism That Created the Pandemic
A spotlight on the species that dominates the global ecosystem.
The Problem with the Way Scientists Study Reason
Psychologists studying reasoning extensively rely on logic and philosophy, and neglect psychology’s more natural ally: biology. Portrait of Luca Pacioli (1445–1517) with a student (Guidobaldo da Montefeltro?) / Attributed to Jacopo de’ Barbari / Wikicommons In March, I was in Paris for the International Convention of Psychological Science, one of the most prestigious gatherings in […]
This Is Urban Wildlife Biology
Minks in TV graveyards, and other stories of Chicago’s hidden animals.
The Woman Who Gave Us the Science of Normal Life
Before Rachel Carson there was Ellen Swallow Richards, MIT’s first female student.
The Cancer of the Great Lakes
Mussels are devastating a unique ecosystem.
Spark of Science: Rob Pringle
The Princeton ecologist tells us about the scientists who inspired his work.
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 […]
The Queer Ecology of the Colombian Civil War
Meet the transgendered ecologist helping her country move past years of conflict.
The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School
Tree education is full of tearing and screaming.