Which hikes are the best in the world, and which ones did we miss?
March 08, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
The fact that people opt to walk today, in the age of the wheel and the combustion engine, tells us there is something virtuous and irresistible in the plodding of one foot forward after the other
March 06, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
In honor of Leap Day 2012, learn a bit about how frogs leap
February 29, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
From American art, history and culture, air and space technology, contemporary art, Asian art and any of the sciences from astronomy to zoology, we'll find an answer
February 07, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
When Felicity Aston, on skis, caught sight of Antarctica's coastal mountains, she told me, "they were like a neon sign flashing at me saying, 'You have finished!' "
February 01, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Spurred by rising global demand for the metal, miners are destroying invaluable rainforest in Peru's Amazon basin
February 2012 | By Donovan Webster
New discoveries indicate people were eating our favorite movie snack far longer ago than we thought
January 27, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
The absence of native mammals, aside from bats and pinnipeds, gives the impression that New Zealand is still in the age of dinosaurs
January 05, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Get your grizzlies, polar bears, big cats, wolves and crocs here
December 30, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
Are people playing games while climbing the world’s tallest mountain? That's hard to say, but they’re definitely texting
December 27, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
A chess set, soccer ball, bear spray and other items, even dog food, make the list of gifts to give your favorite hardened traveler
December 16, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
"It just felt like what we would do. We were travelers. It was in our blood, and the idea that we would ever stop traveling just because we had kids never sat well with us"
December 14, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
Aston is in no-man's land, where schedules, deadlines and responsibility seem to carry little relevance, but she is tightly bound by one crucial logistic: "I can't miss the last plane out"
December 09, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
Earth’s most violent mud volcano is wreaking havoc in Indonesia. Was drilling to blame? And when will it end?
December 02, 2011 | By Erin Wayman
A trip to the floor of the Maui volcano still promises an encounter with the "raw beginnings of world-making"
December 2011 | By Tony Perrottet
The fiery forces beneath the island chain still mystify geologists
December 2011 | By Erin Wayman
The attraction of beachcombing is that one isn't perusing an actual garbage dump; much of what one sifts through on a remote stretch of sand are valuables lost at sea
November 22, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
In remote fishing camps along the shoreline, a few older fishermen remember a red-haired Englishman who tramped through 30 years ago, disappearing around the next point.
November 17, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
Smithsonian scientist Laetitia Plaisance talks about her recent study and its finding that coral reefs support even more biodiversity that we thought
November 10, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
By camping wild, we bypass unloading the luggage, taking off our shoes at the doorstep, and all the other finicky logistics of dwelling in a well-groomed society
November 10, 2011 | By Alastair Bland