Smithsonian associate editor Bruce Hathaway guest blogs for us, chiming in about his love for solar cooking:The first days of May here in the Washington, D.C., area are usually ideal for solar cooking. The recent spate of rain-filled days has kept us from truly enjoying the out doors, but it won't ...
May 07, 2009 | By admin
Ballerina turned biologist Kristin Laidre gives her all to study the elusive, deep-diving, ice-loving whale known as the "unicorn of the sea"
May 2009 | By Abigail Tucker
In Florida's panhandle, vibrant Pensacola stakes its claim as the oldest European settlement in the United States
May 2009 | By Donovan Webster
Smithsonian staff writer Abigail Tucker recently visited Niaqornat, Greenland as part of her reporting on tracking the elusive Narwhal. We asked her to share her unique culinary experiences while up in the Arctic cold.Knud Rasmussen, the grizzled adventurer who explored Greenland by dog sled in the...
April 23, 2009 | By admin
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
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
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
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
Braving storms with high seas a group of elite ship pilots steers tankers and freighters through the Columbia River
February 2009 | By Matt Jenkins
Part of the sea glass hunting elite, Nancy and Richard LaMotte are finding the treasures they covet harder to come by
October 07, 2008 | By Abigail Tucker
Watch an erupting underwater volcano
September 2008 | By Anika Gupta
The renowned coral reef biologist leads Smithsonian's effort to foster a greater public understanding of the world's oceans
September 2008 | By Beth Py-Lieberman
The world's largest protected area, established this year in the remote Pacific, points the way to restoring marine ecosystems
September 2008 | By Christopher Pala
Photographs and other historical records testify to the former abundance of the sea
September 2008 | By Laura Helmuth
Dubbed “the wildest, wickedest river,” this 4,000-mile-long waterway has played a major role in Chinese civilization
January 2008 | By T.A. Frail
Beautiful beaches and unrivaled underwater views lure lovers of marine life to the world’s largest coral reef
January 2008 | By T.A. Frail
Taking up the family business, Philippe Cousteau campaigns to save our oceans and rivers
October 2007 | By G. Bruce Knecht
A new book of photographs taken in the ocean depths reveals a world abounding in unimagined life
October 2007 | By Laura Helmuth
How mercury gets into tuna and other fish in the ocean has scientists searching from the coast to the floor
September 27, 2007 | By Eric Jaffe