This week, we learned …
Behold the Gaia satellite’s all-sky view of the Milky Way, based on measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars. (Those bright clumps in the southeast are our neighbor galaxies, the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds.)
Photograph by ESA/Gaia/DPAC
Is there life out there?
With roads made of ice, all it takes is one pleasantly warm spring day for Siberian highways to vanish.
Photograph by SimonBoschmann, courtesy Pixabay
Russia isn’t the only landscape that’s melting.
Grocery stores can “tell us about neighborhoods, they tell us about how deeply entrenched inequities are in U.S. society, and they tell us about why we should deeply question our investment in food corporations if we’re committed to increasing access and sovereignty for all.”
Photograph by George F. Mobley, National Geographic
What are the regions of a grocery store?
Ground sloths could be as large as elephants.
Illustration courtesy NPS
Would you bring back giant sloths? Would you hunt them?
This photo of Alaskan cod may be my favorite photo we’ve ever run on this blog.
Photograph by Nick Rahaim, courtesy Flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
What is the footprint of global fisheries?
Common reeds proliferate quickly and can take over wetlands. One response is to incorporate them into food systems as an ingredient or compost enhancements.
Photograph by Edward S. Curtis, National Geographic
What are invasive species?
This iconic whalebone arch at Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow, is fast becoming a monument to a lost way of life.
Photograph by Andrew Gray, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-4.0
Learn how M Jackson explores the complex relationship between communities and ever-retreating ice.
More than 140 children were ritually killed in a single event in Peru more than 500 years ago. What could possibly have been the reason? Photograph by Gabriel Prieto, courtesy National Geographic
Where else are our explorers discovering evidence of grisly ancient sacrifice?
The beautiful arches of these footprints in Laetoli, Tanzania, indicate that our ancestors were walking upright more than three million years ago.
Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic
Why is bipedalism one of the characteristics that “make us human”?
Cyprus was a major exporter of opium and opium pipes like this one.
Photograph by Steve Raymer, National Geographic
Where else have psychotropic drugs played a role in spirituality?
What was life like in the Arctic in 1911? What about the Antarctic?