A Truly Remarkable Spider
The spider Hyptiotes reinvented the concept of the web, building an extraordinary, spring-loaded trap.
Mysterious Rings Around Reefs Have No Simple Explanation
These strange, barren halos are thought to be the work of fearful fish—but the reality is far more complicated.
The Cataclysmic Break That (Maybe) Occurred in 1950
Sixty-nine years ago, a new geological era may have begun on Earth.
Netflix’s Our Planet Says What Other Nature Series Have Omitted
In a groundbreaking move, the beautiful but uncomfortable documentary forces viewers to acknowledge their own complicity in the decline of nature.
The Worst Disease Ever Recorded
A doomsday fungus known as Bd has condemned more species to extinction than any other pathogen.
The Very Optimistic New Argument for Dimming the Sky
Geo-engineering won’t hurt a bit, at least compared with climate change—and it deserves serious investigation, according to the authors of a recent study.
Moving Stars Might Speed the Spread of Alien Life
Intelligent planet-hoppers could populate a galaxy in as little as 650,000 years.
Nuclear Power Is Not the Moderate Answer to Climate Change
The technology can do a lot of good. But it cannot match the ambition of a Green New Deal.
The ‘Golden Death’ Bacterium Found in a Rotten Apple
This “spectacular” pathogen dissolves its host from inside out.