NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC | Earth cools when sunlight reflects off Arctic sea ice—which is melting away. Where does that leave us?
BIOGRAPHIC | A team of herpetologists treks into one of South America’s most pristine and poorly understood mountain ranges and discovers animals found nowhere else on Earth.
WIRED | Attention, humanity! You are ruining the world. And The Cove’s Louis Psihoyos is back to make you confront what you’re doing.
THE ATLANTIC | Sex toys have transformed into sophisticated and well-designed gadgets that take their inspiration from Apple not Hustler. But one company has a bigger hope: that a better machine could mean better sex for a repressed nation.
MOTHER JONES | Paul Stamets is on a quest to find an endangered mushroom that could cure smallpox, TB, and even bird flu. Can he unlock its secrets before deforestation and climate change wipe it out?
THE NEW YORKER | Two weeks ago, the planet’s most unlikely film star turned from a Ugandan warlord to a nine-year-old kid who runs a homemade cardboard arcade out of his dad’s used-auto-parts store, Smart Parts, in East Los Angeles.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER | Everything is off the beaten track on the world’s most remote inhabited island.
UTNE | The social significance of tea in America: how tea became the beverage of inner peace and armchair travel.
SMITHSONIAN | Give them technology that they may have never seen before, and students' brains will work wonders.
NEW YORK TIMES | Ayahuasca visions and cultural tourism in Ecuador's rain forest.
NEW YORK TIMES | Retracing the Silk Road through Tajikistan.
NEW YORK TIMES | A western road trip to the world's largest RV rally.
SLATE | What it means to be an Obama in Africa.
WSJ. | Long considered inferior to European varieties, American truffles are making a comeback with a festival in Oregon and a few highly skilled dogs leading the way.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE | It was one of the last great feats of exploration: Diving alone, in a sub, to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. For three years the quest consumed an idealistic engineer and a single-minded record-setter. This is their untold story.
MEN'S FITNESS | How two young entrepreneurs and one Hollywood A-Lister, with the help of a caffeinated Amazonian “super leaf,” are trying to shake up the $30 billion energy-drink market with a healthier alternative.
AUDUBON | Once USGS biologist Sam Droege gets a research project up and running, he dreams up a new one—and builds it.
AUDUBON | Never mind old age. David Attenborough still does his own stunts in a lifelong quest to bring wildlife to your living room (or mobile device).
NEW YORK TIMES | The young owners of Powder Mountain in Utah use their networking skills to draw investors to their planned ski resort.
WORLD WILDLIFE | Snow leopards, fresh water, and climate change in Kyrgyzstan.
ALTERNET | Instead of waiting for Washington to take action, the Minuteman volunteers bring Washington to the border, demanding attention for an illegal immigration storm.
NEW YORK TIMES | From New York to California by Amtrak.
POPULAR SCIENCE | World War II combat pilots have been lost at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean for nearly 70 years. Now autonomous robots have been deployed to find them.
MONOCLE | To build up the Afghan National Army, the U.S. Marines create their own Taliban stronghold – in Nevada.
WSJ. | The young Croatian built the fastest electric car in the world. Now his innovative designs are being licensed by manufacturers building the next generation of supercars.
NEW YORK TIMES | Global warming and the Adélie penguin.
AFAR | While backpacking through a village in Laos, I invented a dessert sushi at a small restaurant. 7 years later, it had become a sensation.
ISLANDS | Fewer than 20 people in the world can navigate the South Pacific using only glow sticks and instinct.
NEW YORK TIMES | Of the honors reaped by the Steven Soderbergh epic “Che” — including a Golden Palm nomination and the best-actor award for Benicio Del Toroat last year’s Cannes Film Festival — the most surreal would have to be the white camel.
HEMISPHERES | Peru's Ocucaje Desert is known as the most abundant repository of marine fossils on the planet. It's also a preferred destination for legions of sticky-fingered scavengers. Meet the man who has vowed to fight the fossil thieves.
NEW YORK TIMES | As Myanmar opens to the outside world — and an influx of tourists — after decades of totalitarian rule, its monuments attract scholars long put off by the country’s politics.
NEW YORK TIMES | Skiing at Russia's new mountain resorts near Sochi, a year before the Winter Games.
THE ATLANTIC | How to manipulate social movements by hacking Twitter.
NEW YORK TIMES | Why you never hear women doing voiceovers for movie trailers.
POPULAR SCIENCE | Can Ariel Garten's brain wave interface improve your outlook on life?
NEW YORK TIMES | Hot springs provide spiritual renewal and priceless views.
THE ATLANTIC | Batman started serious, went campy in the '60s, and was steered by a superfan back to the grimness of Tim Burton's 1989 movie and of Christopher Nolan's present-day trilogy.
INC. | Tom Chappell built Tom's of Maine into a $100 million business. Now he's trying to create the next great made-in-America fashion company. Which turns out to be a lot harder than selling fennel toothpaste.
NEW YORKER | In April, six people entered a geodesic dome, just thirty-six feet in diameter, perched on the barren, reddish slopes of the Hawaiian volcano Mauna Loa. They will be there until August, simulating that they are living on Mars. Their mission: to eat.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE | Sleepy city is a mishmash of cultures, languages, creeds, yet it lacks spice.