Growing up alongside moose, bear and the more than 4,000 lakes dotting Canada’s Parc de la Vérendrye wildlife reserve in Quebec, Marie-Cecile Nottaway knew that, like other members of the Algonquin First Nation, she had to catch her food before she could cook it. Now, she is reclaiming her families’ generations-old recipes to feed new audiences.
One day, while romping around the ancient city of Ephesus I stumbled upon a long white marble bench with a row of holes shaped just like modern toilet seats: a Roman bathroom.
Tarpon can weigh 250 pounds and leap 10 feet in the air while trying to throw off the hook. Photo COURTESY CINDY BROWN.
The bioluminescent phenomenon occurs in only a handful of places in the world. Three of these unique bays are in Puerto Rico, where a specific type of light-emitting algae thrive.
After they prep bite sites to lap the blood out of live cows, females invite their roostmates to join them. Photo by Simon Ripperger
When a team of divers and archaeologists discovered the 19th-century fragrance in a shipwreck off the coast of Bermuda, a team of passionate perfumers set off to recreate the fragrance.
Driving through the beautiful but rugged canyons of the American West may not be for the faint of heart. Now someone else is offering to do the driving.
When microbiologist Thomas Brock first stumbled upon a hardy, heat-resistant bacteria in the Lower Geyser Basin area in Yellowstone National Park in 1966, he made the groundbreaking discovery that life could exist at much higher temperatures than previously thought. Now the heat-resistant enzyme from Thermus aquaticus is used in PCR testing to detect pathogens.
As I sink beneath the ocean surface, leaving the air world behind and entering the underwater one, I instinctively hold my breath. When I look up, I see the ocean surface of La Parguera Bay quivering above me—a mind-boggling sight I’ve never experienced before.
Osthoff Resort on Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. Photo by Lina Zeldovich
Luxury properties are uniquely able to implement coronavirus safety measures. It is in part because high-end travel has always included an element of distancing, says Melanie Brandman, founder and CEO of the Brandman Agency, a public relations firm that represents many upscale clients. High-end travel experiences often promise privacy, no crowds or long lines and being one-on-one with nature
This pandemic will change the culture of how people are travelling
Birds, bats, rabbits, mice and other creatures are growing bigger body parts to cool themselves off. Photo by Alexandra McQueen.
A new study of fish remains deepens scholars’ understanding of how the dietary laws came to be. (Image Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons Public Domain Mark 1.0)
The shell was played for the first time in millennia after being rediscovered in the collections of a French museum. (Artist’s rendering. G. Tosello)
The back-end product of a turkey is perfect for electricity production, according to scientists at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. When converted to combustible biomass fuel, it could also reduce greenhouse gases and provide a renewable energy source.
Image: Tony Castro Wikimedia Commons
In eighteenth century Japan, human excrement played a vital role in agriculture. Can similar solutions help manage waste today?
(Image courtesy Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust)
Bird feces contribute nutrient-rich fertilizer to ecosystems. Harvesting them has also been a big business for centuries.
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)
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)
Butterfly wings contain complex thermodynamic structures that can teach us to make efficient—and colorful—cooling materials
In recent years, First Nation chefs have been reclaiming their families’ generations-old recipes to feed new audiences. (Photo by Lina Zeldovich)
(An ancient sculpture from the Israel Beer Breweries (IBBL) museum in Ashkelon, Israel. Rafael Ben-Ari/Alamy )
The West may have rejected whale captivity, but the painful relationship between humans and orcas is far from over.
(Photo Courtesy of FEROP)
Faced with declining returns, hardy Georgia shrimpers hold tight to their traditions of pageantry and prayer. (Photo by Sarah Beth Glicksteen.)
When the Earth’s population reaches 9 billion with 70 percent of people living in cities, produce will have to be grown in the very buildings people live in. That’s why New Yorkers are already growing food in their basements. (Photo by Lina Zeldovich)
How a few seedlings in a warehouse delivered a father and son from grief by giving them hope for a sustainable future.
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.
Thanks to an unconventional farmer in the Geneva region, North American buffalos have migrated to the Alps and became iconic Swiss animals. (Photo courtesy Juraparc)
From dancing tribesmen to larger-than-life mojigangas, San Miguel de Allende really knows how to party!
We thought that our ancestors were farmers first and bakers second. Turns out they learned to bake first—and became farmers to grow more grain.
(Photo courtesy Amaia Arranz-Otaegui)
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?
With its 250 wineries and vineyards that brew and distill a gamut of tempting libations, from reds and whites to ports and sparkling wines, and even flavored vodkas and gins, Paso has become California’s fastest growing wine destination, rivaling Napa Valley.
Hint: it’s pronounced fee-CAL-uh-bak-TEER-ee-um
As slow food and slow living movements are becoming the trend, it’s time to decelerate travel, too.
With the combined powers of nature and machines, innovators can gather secret intelligence, protect our crops, and someday even deliver the mail.
A Vermont farmer decides to reinvent how goods are shipped to market; will the shipping gods listen?
Photo by Jim Pepper
In labs around the world, scientists have used CRISPR to tweak genomes of mice, rats, and zebrafish. Are we next? Would it be ethical and beneficial to apply gene-editing techniques to ourselves?
In 2002, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious ruling, a fatwa, declaring embryonic stem cell research acceptable under Islamic law. (photo by Anne-Christine Pojoulat)
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 UTI-causing bacteria looks a bit like a squid with long filaments, at the end of which a protein called FimH can form a tiny hook. With that hook, the bacterium hangs on to a particular molecule on the outside of human cells. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson)
Federico Ciccarese turns on the hand, and its white chalky fingers clench into a fist. Then they unclench and the palm is open again. Finally, the index finger and the thumb form a circle, as if holding a small, delicate object.
If you’re a guy and you carry your smartphone in the front pocket of your pants, you may be inadvertently damaging your own very important equipment.
It’s not what you eat but when you eat it that impacts how your body burns it off. And not eating at the right time has an equally profound effect.
Metaphorically speaking, it’s like having a doctor in your pocket.
The unlikely breakthroughs in today’s medical science.
Particle accelerators can make you healthy and wealthy.
What’s wrong with the tomatoes we eat now? A few things.
Revising your daily menu is easier in summer, because stuff just tastes so good.
“We have this department called Imagineering,” says Lenny De George, Walt Disney World Executive Chef, who’s been cooking up the magic for 20 years. “So the imagineers would dream up what a new restaurant would be,”
Using bioreactors, a team of Columbia University bioengineers grew more than 50 healthy bones from stem cells.
The grass is always greener on Jackson Madnick’s lawn in Wayland, Mass.: green in a drought and green when it emerges from under the snow. Yet, he barely waters and mows it, and he never uses chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Biochemical engineers can now download a piece of software and, with a few simple clicks, assemble the DNA for new life forms through their laptops.
Trees that grow and glow may one day replace street lamps, cutting down on electricity use and CO2 emissions, says a group of synthetic biologists at Singularity University in Moffett Field, Calif.
Solar-powered thermal batteries harness the sun’s heat to chill milk in regions with unreliable power in India.
A little colorful sticker you can slap onto your shirt may prove to be one of the most efficient methods to ward off malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Cornell University researchers build a sun-powered cancer-testing device.
Ants mastered husbandry way before us—about 50 million years ago, and they still continue farming today.
When it comes to water, some plants are picky drinkers. To measure plant water levels continuously, Cornell University researchers, equipped every plant with its own personal water sensor
Sitting on top of a volcano may be just what Nevis, a small sombrero-shaped Caribbean Island, needs to become one of the greenest nations on Earth.
“Each one of these when heated will release hydrogen gas,” says Cella Energy CEO Stephen Voller, of the small heap of pellets in his palm. “You get about a balloon worth of hydrogen gas from that.”
Once inside the body the robot unfolds like a NASA spaceship, communicates its position through a wire connected to an external computer, and follows instructions to advance, stop, tie sutures and perform other actions.
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.
Dead bodies are in short supply, a fact that might surprise you unless you’ve been through medical school or dissected a corpse. So to solve the shortage of real dead folks, anatomists decided to create virtual ones.
In 2009, Eric Alm, a professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, hadn’t had a bowel movement at home for almost the entire year. Instead, every time he had to go, he’s drive to his MIT lab.
Dust mites are eyeless, headless, and heartless, yet they’re expert travelers. They’ve been trekking around the world for 400 million years; in the modern era, they travel fast and in style, stowing away inside our seat cushions, luggage, and clothes