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The New York Times Magazine


Mind Blender

A radical new way of studying the brain is transforming our understanding of anatomy, evolution, and intelligence


Letter of Recommendation: iNaturalist

Learning the names of our many wild neighbors changes the way we think about nature


Can Prairie Dogs Talk?

Do prairie dogs, and many other creatures, have true language?


The Plant Doctor

In ancient botanical remedies, new solutions to antibiotic resistance


Against the Grain

One man’s quest to revive the flavor and nutrition of genuine whole wheat


Ars Longa

Symbolic thinking emerged in Africa much earlier than previously thought


Heaven’s Microbiome

The wind and clouds are full of microbes that change the weather


Scientific American


Why The Brain Prefers Paper

Even in the digital age, reading on paper has its advantages


Outgrowing The Grass Lawn

The pristine grass lawn is an ecological disaster. Time to move on


Reviving The American Chestnut

Genetic engineering can rescue chestnut trees from near extinction


Is Sugar Really Toxic?

For most Americans sugar is a source of excess calories, but not a poison


The Genius Of The Elephant

Can we justify elephant captivity given the immense evidence of their sentience?


The New Yorker


Why Walking Helps Us Think

There’s a deep, intuitive connection between the mind and feet


Are Cats Domesticated?

Cats and humans have a relatively young and ambivalent relationship


Time In Other Animals’ Minds

Time may pass at very different rates for different kinds of creatures


An Orangutan Learns To Fish

Orangutans teach each other to fish, use tools, and almost make fire


The New York Times


Earth in Suspension

How a total solar eclipse profoundly interrupts the planet and its creatures


Emily Dickinson’s Lost Gardens

Archaeologists are reviving the poet’s beloved orchard and conservatory


Why Nothing Is Truly Alive

A meditation on the concept of ‘life’ and what really distinguishes the animate from the inanimate


Hakai


Fish Feel Pain. Now What?

Despite the ostensible controversy, substantial evidence indicates that fish consciously experience pain


The Lunar Sea

Moonlight’s ancient and mysterious power over earthly life


The Secret History of Bioluminescence

Our long, strange, covetous relationship with bioluminescence


Outside


The Body Electric

Many people struck by lightning endure a lifetime of baffling disorders


Lapham’s Quarterly


The Person in the Ape

The history of our struggle to answer a profound question: are apes people?


Slate


How Emily Dickinson Grew Her Genius In Her Family’s Backyard

Dickinson’s poetic innovations depended on her skills as a gardener and naturalist

Modern Farmer

Reinventing the Potato

Plant breeders rediscover the astonishing diversity of the humble spud