A clearer view of clearcuts

My dad wants to cut down 20 acres of trees. Should I let him?

A clearer view of clearcuts

A forest stands tall one week, conifers reaching toward the sun with fringed fingers while ferns and shrubs carpet the cool forest floor below. The next week, the forest is gone — replaced with stumps and a tangle of vegetation. Sunlight streams to the ground unfettered. Small tree seedlings poke their bright green leader branches out of the brush. Read More…

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environment

Fishing for DNA

Fishing for DNA

A genetic technique offers new perspective on life in New York City’s rivers

Fishing for DNA

A genetic technique offers new perspective on life in New York City’s rivers

environment

The original ant farms

The original ant farms

The remarkable leafcutter ant is spurring some wild ideas about agriculture, medicine and the nature of ecosystems

VIDEO: Forensic genetics for saving wildlife

DNA barcoding helps hunt down criminals trafficking illegal wildlife products

environment

An easy solution to the war on Zika?

An easy solution to the war on Zika?

Experts say eradicating mosquitoes is not the answer

Finding real relief

The search for an effective dietary supplement

environment

The Circle Constant

The Circle Constant

Or what’s the matter with π

Watching the clouds go by

And modeling what they may do next

social science

I f*****d up

I f*****d up

After you screw up, your brain slows down — and researchers are getting closer to understanding why

What does it mean to be a woman scientist?

Following the trajectory of women in the scientific narrative