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Suddenly, a River Runs Through It
Article - Short

Some rivers naturally change course, often with little warning. Now scientists are learning how to predict their moves.

A Healing Walk on Arctic Ice
Features

A Cree man’s life-changing journey through Inuit territory.

Maggoty Meat Makes Mariners Mutiny
Article - Short

Rancid rations rile Russians: revolutionary rehearsal results.

Book Review: Franklin’s Lost Ship
Article - Short

An Arctic mystery is explored through lavish illustrations and narrative that bring the discovery to life.

The Guardian Angel of Swimming Children
Article - Short

Joe Fortes, Vancouver’s first official lifeguard, taught thousands of youngsters how to swim and saved more than 100 lives.

What Shall We Do With a Love Drunk Sailor?
Article - Short

Heading out to sea after five months in paradise was a no-go for the infamous mutineers aboard HMS Bounty.

A Modern-Day Viking Voyage
Article - Short

Celebrating the world’s longest-running parliament in style.

The Secret History of Bioluminescence
Features

Illuminating maps during war, guiding planes to safety, making genes and proteins visible—organisms get their glow on to help humans.

Where Dead Whales Go to Live
Video

Take a peek behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Institution’s marine mammal warehouses.

Spanish Empire Shipwrecks Offer New Data in the Quest to Understand Hurricanes
Article - Short

Caribbean Sea shipwrecks offer a high-resolution record of historical hurricane activity, which could be used to tune climate models. 

Doing Science with Stories
Article - Short

The experiences of people who live close with the land offer a potentially valuable complement to traditional climate change data.  

The Ultra Mega Powerless Take On the Ultra Mega Power Plants
Features

In India’s Gulf of Kutch, a migratory community of fishers tries to maintain access to the coastline that sustains them.

Havana: Some Assembly Required
Features

A communist city struggles to lure foreign money and rebuild its failing infrastructure without sacrificing its revolutionary roots.

The Tricky Hunting Tactics of Dolphins
Article - Short

A question passed down from an amateur naturalist to a graduate student spawned a decade-long bond, and uncovered new secrets of dolphin behavior...

Will Clashing Visions End the Harmony in Haifa, Israel?
Features

How redeveloping neighborhoods in Haifa threatens its unique reputation for tolerance in a divisive country.

How Ancient Rome’s 1% Hijacked the Beach
Features

The rich, the poor, and the battle for the Bay of Naples.

Who Controls the Coast?
Features

Squabbling over some of the world’s most valuable territory, the shoreline, is ultimately a very human thing to do.

Book Review: White Eskimo
Article - Short

The life of Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen, who diligently documented Inuit spirituality and culture, is explored in this new biography.

Mud, Shuck, and Spat
Article - Short

The future of Chesapeake Bay’s oysters depends on interstate cooperation.

Message in a Boulder
Features

Long before texts or email, sailors sent messages using rocks. Yes, rocks.

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