“Why Recycling Doesn’t Work”

Illustration by Ricky Leung


You may use the blue bin, but it doesn’t mean you’re helping the environment


“Germany’s Failed Climate Goals A Wake-Up Call for Governments Everywhere”


Germany, the nation that did more than any other to unleash the modern renewable-energy industry, is likely to fall short of its goals for reducing harmful carbon-dioxide emissions even after spending over 500 billion euros ($580 billion) by 2025 to overhaul its energy system.

‘A mother orca’s “tour of grief” reminds us how much we have in common with animals’


An orca in the northwest waters of the Pacific has been swimming with her dead calf and keeping it afloat for 16 days—a display of motherly grief that has struck an emotional chord around the world while highlighting the plight of the critically endangered southern resident population of orcas.

“To Discourage Rodents From Eating Seeds, Scientists Are Getting Spicy”

Ghost peppers, some of the hottest peppers on earth.


New research suggests that capsaicin—the spicy part of chili peppers—can be a robust deterrent to seed-eating rodents.

“Man-Made Glaciers Could Fix the Himalayan Water Crisis”


Less than 4 inches of rain fall in an average year, making it tough for farmers to irrigate their barley and potatoes.

“A red tide ravaging Florida may have killed a whale shark for the first known time”


Scientists cannot be certain about the exact cause of the whale shark’s death, but the timing and location implicate the harmful algal bloom, or “red tide,” as the most likely cause.

“Heatwaves are going to cause people around the world to start dying in record numbers by 2080”

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New research predicts that tropical heatwaves in certain areas could one day send the mortality rate skyrocketing by as much as 2,000%.

“Geometry Has a New Shape. Meet the ‘Scutoid.'”


Our world is made up of elegant shapes — there’s the square, the rectangle, the sphere, the prism and many more. But sometimes, these shapes don’t quite fit nature’s game board.

Sometimes, you also need a “scutoid.”