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ecology

Why a Wayward Coati’s Selfie on a Brazilian Airbase Surprised Scientists

The adorable appearance highlights an unexpected ally in conservation.
May 10, 2022
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satellite

This Remote, Active Volcano Is a Glassblowing Spider

Alaska’s Great Sitkin has been grumbling for nearly a year.
April 28, 2022
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great lakes

Are the Great Lakes Really Inland Seas?

Well, yes. And no. Actually, it depends on where you stand, in more ways than one.
April 27, 2022
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abstract wonder

This Bird's Mating Dance Is Full of Stomp and Pomp

The great argus uses its unusual wing feathers to maximum, eye-catching effect.
April 13, 2022
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abstract wonder

The Wild and Wonderful Whorls of Brash Ice

Wandering currents and spring thaws make sea ice in East Greenland look like curls of smoke.
April 8, 2022
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pacific

What the World's Most Remote Islands Were Like Before Humans Arrived

Scientists dig deep for the lost bioscapes of the Marquesas Islands.
April 4, 2022
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woman explorers

A Botanical Mystery Solved, After 146 Years

How a young illustrator’s attention to detail—and a determined Victorian woman's legacy—led to the discovery of a new species in an old painting.
March 29, 2022
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women in conservation

The ‘Queen of the Mantas’ Who Became a Force of Nature

Lauded for her research on gentle giants of the sea, Andrea Marshall is using her fame to find hope for our troubled oceans.
March 25, 2022
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women in conservation

The Anthropologist Who Has Spent 50 Years Protecting—and Learning From—Orangutans

Biruté Mary Galdikas has quietly fought on the frontlines of some of conservation’s biggest battles. 
March 24, 2022
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women in conservation

The Keeper of Sacred Bees Who Took on a Giant

To save her native Maya bees and their shrinking forests, Leydy Pech waged a fierce campaign on multiple fronts.
March 23, 2022
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women in conservation

The Wildlife Scientist Finding Innovation in Ancient Ideas

Biologist Serra Hoagland bridges Indigenous traditions and modern methods.
March 22, 2022
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women in conservation

The Ecologist Who Made Biodiversity Count

Georgina Mace helped change the way both scientists and policymakers see living things, including the most vulnerable.
March 21, 2022
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satellite

Wild Weather Has Turned Bolivia's Salt Flats Into a Work of Art

A satellite captures the stunning effects of heavy rain and high winds on a landscape that—coincidentally—is used to calibrate satellites.
March 10, 2022
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travel

How to Connect With Nature Like a South African Wilderness Guide

Tragedy set Sicelo Mbatha on a course to understand, and make peace with, the wild on its own terms.
March 4, 2022
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asteroids

Did the Dinosaurs Die on a Pleasant North Dakota Spring Day?

Fish fossils may put "the single worst day for multicellular life on Earth" on the calendar.
February 23, 2022
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climate change

Algeria’s Ancient Melting Pot Faces an Uncertain Future

For more than a millennium, Tipasa was a symbol of cross-cultural exchange. Now the sea is coming for it.
February 17, 2022
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Why Is This Rippling Alaskan Glacier a Research Hotbed?

Malaspina Glacier is the world's most accessible of its kind—but that's not the only reason scientists find it so cool.
February 8, 2022
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abstract wonder

Salt-Loving Microbes Make Vivid, Massive Abstract Art

For the latest addition to his stunning salt production series, photographer Tom Hegen ventured to Utah’s Great Salt Lake.
February 2, 2022
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arctic

What Energized This Arctic Hare to Keep Going and Going and Going?

The animal known as BBYY traveled hundreds of miles, breaking records and shattering expectations.
February 1, 2022
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secret lives of museums

How to Keep Europe’s Most Magnificent ‘Praying Room’ Looking Lovely

Every January, the doors close and the cleaning starts in Dresden’s iconic Stone Bell.
January 26, 2022
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citizen science

Discovering the Unexpected Wonder of Mumbai's Coastal Wildlife

Photographer Sarang Naik is reintroducing his hometown to its rich biodiversity, from glowing corals to dazzling sea slugs.
January 10, 2022
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A View of the Space Age From the Classical World

This mesmerizing image brings the International Space Station and Rome's ancient Colosseum together.
January 4, 2022
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the year in wonder 2021

In 2021, Wonders Came in All Shapes and Sizes

From tiny castle towns to big, beefy koalas, we discovered some superlative delights around the globe.
December 29, 2021
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the year in wonder 2021

Flying Rhinos and Divine Tigers: Atlas Obscura’s Year of Awe-Inspiring Critters

Looking back on 2021's stories about amazing animals and the people helping to protect them.
December 23, 2021