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Southern Sugarcane Revival
Features

Sugarcane on Sapelo Island was once tended by slaves. Now it might sustain their descendants and help keep Geechee culture alive.

Flying Dutchman 2.0
Article - Short

This robotic catamaran could bring the Internet to the depths of the ocean—and turn a tidy profit for its inventors. There’s just one problem. ...

Harnessing the Power of Fear
Article - Short

Could targeted scare tactics be the next big conservation tool?

Nine Out of Ten Shark Scientists Agree: Sustainable Shark Fishing Is Fine
Article - Short

Researchers worry extreme voices in the conservation community may be overshadowing an evidence-based approach.

Tracking Fish From Hook to Fork
Article - Short

New tracing technologies will make it easier to see where fish are coming from. 

Cracking Open the Tuna Code
Features

Ecology is only part of the equation when it comes to understanding bluefin tuna.

Jack Orr, Whale Hunter
Article - Short

Churchill’s belugas may be headed for trouble, and Jack Orr wants to help them. But first he has to catch one. 

In Montserrat, One Woman’s Mission to Introduce Kids to the Sea
Article - Short

A children’s club in Montserrat looks to preserve the island’s culture and environment by bringing kids into the water.  

Underestimating Turbines’ Death Toll
Article - Short

Some turbines are more dangerous than others, but a bias in research means scientists know the least about the deadliest—and most common—type.

A New Algorithm Offers the Possibility of Faster Tsunami Warnings
Article - Short

Shaving crucial minutes off the time it takes to send tsunami warnings would give people more time to evacuate.  

Building a Fence out of Sound
Article - Short

This highly specific noisemaker drives seals away. 

Uncovering the Culture of Bronze Age Logboats
Article - Short

The advent of metal tools created demand for a European trade network—and boats to deliver the goods.

Finding Our First Fish
Features

Sharks aren’t primitive, and they aren’t the most primitive surviving jawed fish either. New fossils are rattling the fish family tree.

Hiding From the Deep Freeze
Article - Short

On an archipelago off British Columbia, wildlife may have hidden from the past two ice ages.

The Circle of Poo
Article - Short

Nutrients from whales’ poo fertilize phytoplankton, which are eaten by krill … which are eaten by whales. 

Hitching a Ride on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Article - Short

Fish may be rafting to Hawaii on plastic debris.

Book Review: A World for My Daughter
Article - Short

Through letters to his daughter, an ecologist shares his knowledge of the natural world and his hopes for its future.

What’s Supersizing Antarctica’s Sea Spiders?
Article - Short

Polar sea spiders grow bigger than their equatorial brethren. 

Reclaiming an Old Home for the Hawaiian Petrel
Article - Short

An endangered bird’s future looks bright as 10 get set to take flight.

Feeding the World, One Fish Head at a Time
Article - Short

Entrepreneurs and governments are trying to make use of the whole fish.

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