The Evolving Narrative of How Everything Began

To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

On the Origin of Spices

How humans ignored some plant defenses and became attracted to their taste and smell

Viruses: the Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

Some of these biological agents are being recruited  to combat bacterial infections.

Rebuilding Cayo Santiago

Eight months after Hurricane Maria, this unique field site is still in recovery.

Neuroeconomics

Brains combine critical, immediate payoffs with exceptional costs.

Profiling a Pandemic

Who were the victims of the Spanish flu?

Killing the Unkillable

Without new and transformative drugs, tuberculosis will persist.

Gray Seals and White Sharks Meet Anew

With the return of nearly-extinct Gray Seals to New England waters come rarely-sighted White Sharks.

Lessons from the Osprey Garden

Continued osprey success depends on abundant menhaden.

Barrens to Blueberries

One of the most damaged areas on the planet has been repaired, in part, by a lowly bush.

Detecting the Next Volcanic Eruption

Satellite monitoring and networks of instruments on the ground can detect, but not predict, volcanic eruptions.

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To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

How humans ignored some plant defenses and became attracted to their taste and smell