For a while after scientists (and Al Gore!) first started talking about global warming, it seemed like biofuels might be the magic solution to our energy needs.Made from corn, sugarcane, palm oil, soybeans and various other organic matter, biofuels burn "clean," which means that they don't contribu...
December 11, 2008 | By Anika Gupta
A correspondent who chronicled their lives in central African rain forests returns a decade later and is shocked by what he finds
December 2008 | By Paul Raffaele
The seaweed may usually look greener on somebody else’s plate, but I’m unconvinced that 3-D movies are going to be better than 2-D, at least not anytime soon. Putting my technologically conservative notions to the test, I was invited to attend a screening of the new IMAX film Deep Sea 3-D.On enteri...
September 24, 2008 | By Jesse Rhodes
With an ecosystem under siege, every moment in this wild wonderland is one to savor
January 2008 | By Sarah Zielinski
In December 1982, Benjamin Victor, founder of the coral reef research initiative Ocean Science Foundation, was diving in a reef just offshore of a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute field station when he scooped up an adult goby. The fish looked slightly different from its Atlantic goby kin,...
September 07, 2007 | By Megan Gambino
In the Amazon, researchers documenting the ways of native peoples join forces with an embattled chief to stop illegal loggers and developers from destroying the earth's most precious wilderness
March 2007 | By Joshua Hammer