The guardians of the rainforest

The world’s largest rainforest is once again in grave danger. (REUTERS/Bruno Kelly) Since 1978, the Amazon has lost some 289,000 square miles to cattle ranchers, soy producers, loggers, and industrial activity. Such rapid deforestation sparked a global “Save the Rainforest” movement in the late ’80s and ’90s that led to T-shirts, posters, concerts, and celebrity-led […]

This week I learned your unfulfilled coffee craving is wreaking havoc with your memory, and more

Read more about the facts mentioned: Coffee cravings can play havoc with your memory (The British Psychological Society Research Digest) Swordfish heat their eyes for the hunt (New Scientist) Something to sneeze about: Democratic voting in African wild dog packs ( Haagen-Dazs is from the Bronx — so what’s with its name? (Atlas Obscura) …read […]

How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale

Alcides Moreno and his brother Edgar were window washers in New York City. The two Ecuadoran immigrants worked for City Wide Window Cleaning, suspended high above the congested streets, dragging wet squeegees across the acres of glass that make up the skyline of Manhattan. On Dec. 7, 2007, the brothers took an elevator to the […]

Houston’s still-rising waters

America’s fourth-largest city is underwater. Residents use boats to evacuate flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey along Tidwell Road in East Houston. | (REUTERS/Adrees Latif) In the days since Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm, Houston and other parts of southeast Texas have suffered cataclysmic flooding. The storm has dumped more rain, and […]