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3 Clever New Ways to Store Solar Energy

Researchers struggle to find the most efficient—and least expensive—way to bring solar energy to consumers even when the sun isn't shining.<p><b>While engineers build cheaper and more efficient</b> solar panels to soak up more of the sun's rays, it's storage that needs a breakthrough so that solar energy can …

Saving Goat Islands, Jamaica

Human Journey<p>Text and photos by Robin Moore, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers<p><b>Guardian of the Reptiles</b><p>“You’ve got to respect another life, so that the other life can respect yours,” says Booms, whose real name is Mr. Kenroy Williams, a young Jamaican who has devoted …

Celebrating 50 Years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™

Changing Planet<p>People are fascinated by scarce plants, fungi and animals, and have been documenting the rarity of species for a long time. Following the “gold rush” of the enlightenment era, when taxonomists and collectors were racing to discover new species in exotic and undescribed corners of the …

Blue-Footed Booby Threatened in the Galápagos

Breeding is down among birds known for their happy feet.<p>A cartoonish character in the avian world, the blue-footed booby is known for its vivid webbed feet and its high-stepping mating dance. But the birds have mostly ceased their hypnotic moves on the breeding grounds of the Galápagos Islands, …

The Wisdom of (Little) Crowds

In 1785, a French mathematician named Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat (known as Marquis de Condorcet) used statistics to champion democracy.<p>Democracies are based on the collective decisions of large groups of people. But citizens aren’t experts on every topic, and so they may be prone to …

This Land Is Your Land

Feeding nine billion—and eventually ten billion—means growing crops faster, smarter, and in new places. Do we need to find more land?<p>Light, seeds, soil, and water. The recipe for growing food out of the ground is among the planet’s simplest equations. Tweak the variables—less light, different …