Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that’s waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone.
(Art by Chester Holme)
The West may have rejected whale captivity, but the painful relationship between humans and orcas is far from over.
(Photo Courtesy of FEROP)
Caught between depleted stocks, collapsing prices, and commercial trawlers, small-scale fishermen join forces to create new niche markets for their sustainably harvested product. Can they succeed?
How a few seedlings in a warehouse delivered a father and son from grief by giving them hope for a sustainable future.
With the combined powers of nature and machines, innovators can gather secret intelligence, protect our crops, and someday even deliver the mail.
Faced with declining returns, hardy Georgia shrimpers hold tight to their traditions of pageantry and prayer. (Photo by Sarah Beth Glicksteen.)
A Vermont farmer decides to reinvent how goods are shipped to market; will the shipping gods listen?
Photo by Jim Pepper
Hint: it’s pronounced fee-CAL-uh-bak-TEER-ee-um
An Indiana grandma killed off a devastating superbug with a homemade fecal transplant and then embarked on a crusade to win over the FDA.
(Art by Laurel Lynn Leake)
(An ancient sculpture from the Israel Beer Breweries (IBBL) museum in Ashkelon, Israel. Rafael Ben-Ari/Alamy )
Ilya Metchnikoff laid the foundation for modern probiotics.
(Art courtesy of Pasteur Institute)
For the brave omnivores, Croquetas de Chapulin is a must. Made from yucca and grasshopper flours, they come decorated with little shiny chapulines, which stick their long legs up in the air like practicing ballerinas.
The putting-green yard sucks up to 10,000 gallons of water a year. So amateur scientist Jackson Madnick decided to breed a hardy, drought-resistant green grass. (Robert Schlie/Alamy)
The mother tongues of today’s readers span from Russian to Turkish and from Greek to Farsi, as they follow Verne’s characters through the inner workings of his vessel and the mysteries of the aquatic life, discovering their own passions.
I grew up in a family of Russian scientists listening to bedtime stories about black holes, volcanoes and intrepid explorers. Since then, I have survived Siberian winter, Jordanian summer and Columbia J-School. I edited features at the Nautilus magazine, won three awards for stories about poo, and have written for Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Smithsonian, Sierra Club,The Oprah Magazine, Alaska Airlines, Hemispheres, Audubon, Popular Mechanics, Mosaic Science, Hakai, Nature, and Scientific American. Along the way, I’ve munched on Mexican crickets, cooked a zebu stew in Madagascar, sipped a drink made from a venomous snake in Peru—and I always lived to write the story. I specialize in narrative and longform writing, I am a culture shock junkie, and I camp out in New York so I can fly nonstop to almost anywhere.
Thanks for stopping by! You can browse through my stories in the top slider or on my portfolio page. Please check out by latest story, Reinventing the Toilet about a lavatorial revolution bubbling up in Madagascar, and take a look at my two award-winning features, The Sailing Farmer and The Magic Poop Potion. If you like what you see, please follow me @linazeldovich. And if you want to know what I think is new and exciting, just keep reading…
November 2017: Whaddaya know, I just won my third award for stories about… poop! Or more precisely, for a story about sanitation and toilets that use no water and no flush. Reinventing the Toilet: A Lavatorial Revolution Bubbles up in Madagascar. Poop rules. Always!
March 2017: Good news come when least expected. I was stuck in a Madagascar cyclone, soaked to the bone and slipping in mud, when an email came and told me I got the 2017 Marine Biological Laboratory Fellowship! That means more muddy adventures because I’ll be puttering in the coastal marshes of New England. Mud and marshes, here I come. I’m sure I’ll dig up some great stories!
February 2017: Some hot news in winter! “Love, Sex, Hollywood, and the Making of Puerto Vallarta,” originally published in TravelWorld International Magazine, won NATJA’s Historical Travel Award.
December 2016: Thrilled to be mentioned in the New York Times for my “United We Fish!,” longform narrative feature in Hakai Magazine—in the “journalism of seeking solutions” theme by David Bornstein, who did the 2016 round-up. A nice year-end gift!
February 2016: Hooray!!! The Sailing Farmer wins Silver in NATJA’s Special Purpose Travel Category! Guess who beat me to Gold? National Geographic Adventure magazine. A good rival to lose to! And a good way to start the year.
January 2016. I am off to Washington DC for a fellowship with the National Press Foundation “What’s New in Covering Cancer.”
May 2015: The Magic Poop Potion just won its second award: The Deadline Club Award: Reporting for Independent Digital Media.
September 2014. The Magic Poop Potion just won a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York!
April 2014: Great news! A story I edited at Nautilus about fire ants’ unstoppable march through the southern states was included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 anthology. Reported and written by Justin Nobel. Totally thrilled!