The college city's big sky and endless farmland gave this New Yorker some fresh perspective
November 2011 | By Meghan Daum
The truck came by slowly and a spotlight swept the river bottom. "My God—they're hunting me!"
October 06, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
For decades, the backbone of the Eastern United States has given much needed respite for thousands of nature enthusiasts
July 28, 2011 | By Jeanne Maglaty
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July 12, 2011 | By Smithsonian Staff
Dr. Luanne Freer, founder of the mountain’s emergency care center, sees hundreds of patients each climbing season at the foot of the Himalayas
June 01, 2011 | By Molly Loomis
What is it about this tiny, sun-drenched island off the coast of Naples that has made it so irresistible for so long?
April 2011 | By Tony Perrottet
The British performance artists discuss how their research on volcanoes will inform their newest works
March 2011 | By Jeff Campagna
A 150-mile fence in the Kalahari Desert appeared to threaten Africa's zebras, but now researchers can breathe a sigh of relief
March 2011 | By Robyn Keene-Young
A huge dam on Peru's Inambari River will bring much-needed development to the region. But at what cost?
March 2011 | By Clay Risen
Rare and maddeningly elusive, the "ghost cat" tries to give scientists the slip high in the mountains of Montana
February 2011 | By Abigail Tucker
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a UNESCO world heritage site just 26 miles off the Caribbean coast of Colombia, is the tallest coastal mountain in the world. It's peak towers at 18,942 feet, and it hosts 36 different streams and rivers.No human force—be it faith or muscle—could move such a mounta...
September 28, 2010 | By Jess Righthand
According to Andrew Crawford, a former postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and a current researcher at the Universidad de los Andes, the amphibian skin disease chytridiomycosis (known as chytrid) has already eliminated nearly 100 different frog species in Panam...
August 23, 2010 | By Jess Righthand
Established to banish dissidents and criminals, these islands are known for their one-time prisoners, from Napoleon to Nelson Mandela
July 23, 2010 | By Karen Larkins
Atlantic puffins had nearly vanished from the Maine coast until a young biologist defied conventional wisdom to lure them home
June 2010 | By Michelle Nijhuis
Africa's wildebeest migration pits a million thundering animals against a gantlet of perils, even—some experts fear—climate change
May 2010 | By Robert M. Poole
Geologist Elizabeth Cottrell discusses the effects of the Icelandic volcanic eruption and the work of the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program
April 22, 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
In Panama, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's new neurobiology laboratory, researchers are studying how the brain of the tropical sweat bee Megalopta genalis relates to the behavior of the species' social queens and solitary queens. The study is helping scientists make large strides i...
April 01, 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
At the South Pole, astronomers try to unravel a force greater than gravity that will determine the fate of the cosmos
April 2010 | By Richard Panek
Scientists converge on the northernmost city in the United States to study global warming's dramatic consequences
March 2010 | By Bob Reiss
Meet Yuichiro Miura, the man who skied down Mt. Everest 40 years ago
February 09, 2010 | By Paul J. MacArthur