How we nearly lost the South's largest old-growth floodplain forest
Congaree National Park represents one of the most important conservation victories in the eastern U.S.
How to throw a proper oyster roast
Hundreds of Decaturites hop on buses for National Women’s March in D.C.
Paradise Garden: A folk art masterpiece rises from ashes
Nestled within a neighborhood of humble ranch homes, Paradise Garden — the magnum opus of world-renowned Georgia folk artist Howard Finster — sticks out like a vibrant, loveable and utterly brilliant sore thumb.
How the South became synonymous with sweet tea
Jill Pelto's watercolors illustrate the strange beauty of climate change data
A guide to spring cookouts, fresh from the garden
How to plan a solar eclipse party
After 25 years as a trash dump, San Cristobal Canyon bounces back
Comic artist uses nerdy humor to explain complex scientific concepts
Interview: Rosemary Mosco, the brain behind 'Bird and Moon', talks science communication, the art-science gap and salamanders.
How not to be a 'garbage person' while camping
12 important guidelines for being a conscientious camper.
The ethics of cuteness
A closer look at 12 trendy cat mutations
8 uncanny examples of convergent evolution
Whether it's soaring in the sky, speeding through the water or trapping prey in sticky pits of doom, examples of convergent evolution can be found everywhere.
5 perfect pimento cheese recipes every Southerner will love
12 of the world's most colorful natural wonders
The Earth is filled to the brim with color, but there's some places that take it to another level with a little help from pigmented bacteria, millions of years' worth of sedimentary layering or other serendipitous natural forces.
What can we do to stop a killer salamander fungus from reaching the US?
Bsal is an invasive fungus that deals exclusively in the mycological destruction of salamanders and newts.
Boardwalk trails provide a special doorway to national parks
Creating a park that strikes a balance between user friendliness and a commitment to conservation means setting intentional policy and budgetary priorities that grow and age with the park.
Javi the sweater-wearing cockatoo sheds light on the parrot problem
Underneath all those colorful avian jumpers lies a sobering story about captive exotic birds.
Understanding our love affair with bodega cats
Getting to know your local bodega cat, like knowing your deli sandwich guy or your neighbors, makes living in the city much less isolating
10 extraordinary places you should visit in the '5 Stans'
Looking for an adventure that's off the beaten path and won't break the bank? Look no further than Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan — referred to in shorthand as the "5 Stans."
Rare 'super bloom' blankets Death Valley in a carpet of wildflowers
If you've never visited or read about Death Valley National Park, you might assume from the name that it's a barren wasteland devoid of life, but this couldn't be further from the truth.
Stepping inside the nuclear red zones of Fukushima
Polish photojournalist Arkadiusz Podniesiński ventures into the most devastated areas of Japan's Fukushima Exclusion Zone.
What the heck is a tanuki? 8 things you didn't know about raccoon dogs
Native to East Asia, raccoon dogs (also known as a "tanuki") are frequently misunderstood animals that serve as major cultural icons in Japan.
11 nationally protected wetlands you should know about
Did you know that the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems also happen to be some of the most fragile and endangered?
Seattle's famous gum wall is getting a scrub down
After 2 decades of grossing us out, the famous Market Theater Gum Wall is getting the hose.
What's the best way to save Cape Cod's piping plover chicks?
Most everyone would agree these little toothpick-legged cotton balls need to be saved, but opinions on the best way to do that are fiercely divided.
Say hello to the 'Virgin Rainbow,' the finest opal ever unearthed
Worth more than $1 million, this outstanding geological specimen is distinguished for its rich palette of colors and light-refracting qualities.
Take a dive inside the Icelandic fissure where 2 continents meet
The rift and the surrounding Þingvellir National Park are part of the divergent boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which are moving away from each other at a rate of about 2 centimeters every year.
What are hoodoos? The science behind these surreal formations
Hoodoos. Fairy chimneys. Earth pyramids. Tent rocks. They have many different names, but these strange badland rock formations are one and the same, and they can be found in various iterations across the planet.
Edward Burtynsky peels back the curtain on the perils of modern existence
'We are drawn by desire — a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success.'
9 of the most dramatic examples of sexual dimorphism
Sexual dimorphism can manifest in many fascinating ways — size, coloration, behavior and the presence of secondary sex characteristics like tail feathers, breasts or antlers.