Lately I'm reading a book called "Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating," by Mark Bittman (a.k.a. NY Times' "The Minimalist"), and Earth Day seems like the perfect time to tell you about it.Bittman's thesis is simple but sobering: What you choose to put on your plate has a direct impact on the...
April 22, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
If having fungus inside your home's walls sounds like a bad thing, the judges of the 2008 PICNIC Green Challenge would disagree. In October, Eben Bayer, a 23-year-old from Troy, New York, won 500,000 euros in the second annual Dutch-sponsored competition for the best solution to reducing greenhouse...
April 17, 2009 | By Lisa Bramen
In a Maryland forest, bankers trade in their suits and ties to study the environment with Smithsonian scientists
April 2009 | By Kenneth R. Fletcher
Across the American West, legal battles over dinosaur fossils are on the rise as amateur prospectors make major finds
April 2009 | By Donovan Webster
A century ago, explorer Robert Peary earned fame for discovering the North Pole, but did Frederick Cook get there first?
April 2009 | By Bruce Henderson
An American ecologist travels through the Bolivian forest to answer burning questions about the spice
April 2009 | By Brendan Borrell
In the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, a culture struggles to survive as aquatic life becomes scarce
April 01, 2009 | By Kenneth R. Fletcher
A select group of adventurers climb the world’s tallest trees to learn more about the wildlife that lives on the highest branches
March 31, 2009 | By Peter Beland
I just finished reading a new book by the prolific Gary Paul Nabhan, whose resume astounds me: He landed a half-million-dollar MacArthur Fellowship (aka "genius grant") early in his career, and has written some 30 books since then, in addition to several teaching gigs and founding a movement or two...
March 02, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
Smithsonian naturalist Brian Schmidt gave a new species of African bird an interesting scientific name
March 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
The "Great Wall of the Alps" covers 320 acres and is one of the largest fortified structures in Europe
March 2009 | By T. A. Frail
In the Pacific Northwest, fishermen are cashing in on the growing yen for geoducks, a funny-looking mollusk turned worldwide delicacy
March 2009 | By Craig Welch
The rapidly expanding Sahara Desert threatens a medieval trading center that also carries importance for Sunni Muslims
March 2009 | By Jeanne Maglaty
An abandoned island off the coast of the Yukon Territory holds a unique place in the history of the Pacific whaling industry
March 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
After years as an endangered species, the wolves are thriving again in the West, but they're also reigniting a fierce controversy
February 2009 | By Frank Clifford
Braving storms with high seas a group of elite ship pilots steers tankers and freighters through the Columbia River
February 2009 | By Matt Jenkins
Smithsonian's Laura Helmuth vacationed in the Galapagos Islands and returned with even more respect for Charles Darwin
January 30, 2009 | By Laura Helmuth
Blennies aren't the prettiest of nature's creatures. About as long as a roll of quarters, with big eyes and a gaping mouth, the fish are loved by scientists for their ecology more than their beauty. With over 800 species across the oceans, they are one of the world's most diverse fish families. By ...
January 27, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
How one man's obsession saved an "extinct" species
January 02, 2009 | By Rob R. Dunn
Explosives and giant machines are destroying Appalachian peaks to obtain coal. In a tiny West Virginia town, residents and the industry fight over a mountain's fate
January 2009 | By John McQuaid