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Throwing Dead Fish for Fun and Ecological Profit
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Chucking chum and coho carcasses into a salmon-spawning stream supports more than just an ecosystem.

Here Be White Bears
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While dragons and other mythical beasts marked the charts of early mariners, Renaissance maps were illustrated with images—part fantasy and part...

When New York Harbor Is Your Classroom
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An unusual New York City public high school where the school bus is a ferry, teachers are called crew, and some classes are held underwater is...

The Shellfish Gene
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How shellfish farmers are leaning on genes to unmask the secrets of mussels, scallops, and oysters.

Reef Avengers
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Indonesia’s reefs have been poisoned or blasted to smithereens by the very people who depend on them the most. Now islanders are working to...

Drawing Meaning from Death, One Seabird at a Time
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In the Pacific Northwest, the diligence of citizen scientists is shedding light on the lives, and deaths, of seabirds.

Pool-landia
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For 70 years, Iceland has kept afloat the idea that mandatory swimming lessons save lives, but the policy doesn’t hold water.

Dam Busters
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A nascent environmental movement is liberating rivers and freeing fish.

Journey into the Plastisphere
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Plastic marine debris is one of the world’s newest ecosystems, and scientists have just begun to understand how microbes are settling into their...

An Ocean in the Parlor
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Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales
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As Westerners condemn live whale shows, Russia hunts and sells killer whales to Chinese amusement parks.

The Little Shop of Wildlife Horrors
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The grim curios and taxidermic creations housed in the US wildlife repository provide clues about trends in wildlife smuggling. And in recent...

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars
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How a toxic debate over the first Americans hobbled science for decades.

The Bounty of the Bone Pile
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Butchered whales lure polar bears and tourists to a coastal Alaskan town. So far, so good. Sort of.

Saving the Silverspot
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A team of scientists and land managers is racing to save a butterfly that depends on fragile coastal habitat.

A Synagogue with a Floor of Sand
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Sand covering the sanctuary floor in a Curaçao synagogue muffles sound, but speaks volumes to the history of Judaism in the Caribbean.

Pinch Me
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In a Washington State lake, two of the most globally invasive crayfish species are duking it out. Should we step in?

The Unforgettable Pia Arke
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Ever heard of Arctic hysteria? Neither did this Danish-Greenlandic artist until 1995, and then she forever changed the way we view Arctic...

How to Fund an Expedition
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Charles Francis Hall had the courage to explore the Arctic—and the savvy to get the wealthy to pay for it.

People of the Sea Ice See Cracks Forming
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One of Canada’s more northerly communities reinvents its relationship with a thawing landscape.

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