An Accidental Science Project Reveals How Crucial Sea Otters Are to Kelp Forests
By Susan McGrath
February 13, 2014 — Fur traders exterminated them in Washington. A hydrogen bomb helped restore them. These events have given ecologists startling insight into the power of these kelp forest carnivores.
A Walk Through the Winter Woods
By Thor Hanson
February 05, 2014 — A snowy stroll reveals some suspicious characters traveling on foot, and a secret world beneath them.
Waste Management, Peruvian Style
By Eric Wagner
January 31, 2014 — Piling on in the Guano Islands.
A Buddhist Ritual Gets an Ecologically Correct Update
By Rachel Nuwer
January 21, 2014 — "Release life," the practice of freeing caged animals into the wild to generate good karma, is now an environmentally friendly act of kindness.
Birds Can Smell, and One Scientist is Leading the Charge to Prove It
By Nancy Averett
January 07, 2014 — For more than a century nearly everyone believed birds sense of smell was poorly developed or nonexistent. They were wrong.