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Vancouver Island, Through an Artist’s Eyes

A light rain was falling in Victoria, but it wasn’t keeping anyone inside on a Saturday afternoon. The horse-drawn carriages and pedicabs were out in force, a ska band was tuning up by the harbor, and all along Wharf Street, people strolled, most of them without umbrellas. This was British …

36 Hours in Victoria, British Columbia

This compact, eminently walkable city, set amid the breathtaking beauty and bounty of Vancouver Island, is lauded as one of the world’s top small urban destinations. Beyond the picture-perfect downtown waterfront, British Columbia’s capital is an exhilarating blend of cultures, from Canadian and …

Western Canada

Where to Stay (and What to Eat) in the Scottish Hebrides

The Hebridean archipelago, which hugs Scotland’s ragged west coast, comprises over 180 islands which extend out into the North Atlantic, forming the British Isles’ final frontier before Newfoundland. Divided into the Inner Hebrides, a coastal barrier of 79 islands, and the Outer Hebrides, a more …

Scotland

This husband-and-wife team ran with wolves for years. Here’s what they learned.

For six years in the 1990s, documentary filmmaker Jim Dutcher lived among a pack of wolves in Idaho. His wife, Jamie, joined him in 1993, and together they witnessed acts of wolf devotion, compassion and rivalry. The Dutchers have documented the sights and sounds of their pack mates, producing six …

Wildlife

I Tried Theanine Powder to Hack My Morning Routine, and I'm Never Going Back

The supplement is every coffee lover's — and hater's — secret weapon.<p>Something I do every morning as soon as I wake up is open Instagram and see the …

Coffee

73 Million Trees to Be Planted in World’s Largest Reforestation Initiative

In an increasingly urgent race to combat rising climates and CO2 emissions, Conservation International is turning to our greatest weapon—the Amazon rainforest. A bold new project by the non-profit aims to be the largest tropical reforestation initiative in history, with 73 million trees to be …

Did Google’s Pixel Buds just break the language barrier?

The written and spoken word have been shaping our lives since the dawn of mankind. They’ve built and defined societies, led to a greater …

Pixel Buds

Concept of “Ma” is at the heart of Japanese minimalism

<b>The embrace of negative space is celebrated in everything from home décor and flower arranging to poetry and all aspects of Japanese daily life.</b><p>I’ve …

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses

Gloomy octopuses—also known as common Sydney octopuses, or <i>octopus tet</i><i>ricus—</i>have long had a reputation for being loners. Marine biologists once thought they inhabited the subtropical waters off eastern Australia and northern New Zealand in solitude, meeting only to mate, once a year. But now there’s …

Seafloor

Review: James Gray's Resplendent Lost City of Z Speaks to the Explorer in All of Us

James Gray’s resplendent, symphonic <i>Lost City of Z,</i> adapted from David Grann’s 2009 nonfiction book, is the kind of grand adventure epic few people …

Lost City of Z

These photos force you to look the victims of climate change in the eye

Popular Science Blogs<p>Nexus Media News<p>An interview with photographer Joel Sartore<p><i>Joel Sartore has made it his mission to bring the planet’s most strange and exotic creatures into your living room. He shot nearly 400 portraits for his latest book, *The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the</i> …

Guardians of a Vast Lake, and a Refuge for Humanity

Thousands of years ago, every lake was like Great Bear Lake. So pure you could lower a cup into the water and drink it. So beautiful that people composed love songs to it. So mysterious that many believed it was alive. Today, of the 10 largest lakes in the world, it is the last one that remains …

Film Review: ‘Chasing Coral’

One foolproof way to make an audience cry is to tell the story of a dog who dies. (Sure, it’s manipulative, but I’m not sure I’d want to be friends …

Film Festivals

Well, This Might Be The Most Artistic Climate Change Ad You’ve Ever Seen

<b>WHAT:</b> “A Love Song”, a poetic tribute to Earth from a group of U.K. charities and organizations committed to tackling climate change.<p><b>WHO:</b> The Climate Coalition, Ridley Scott Associates<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> When Charles Dance’s says, darkly, “I’ve heard talk of a quiet violence waiting at the water’s edge,” …

Zillow for farmers? New websites size up Iowa farmland values

CLOSE<p>New online websites, one created by a student at Iowa State University, are helping farmers, owners an investors figure out the value of …

The Elegant Simplicity of The Red Turtle

The first feature from the Oscar-winning animator Michaël Dudok de Wit is a beautifully sparse meditation on the cycles of life.<p>A man, lost at sea, washes up on an island. Upon exploration, it proves to be uninhabited except for the occasional sea lion and a delightful platoon of curious sand …

Animation

The 7 Best Fantasy Books for the Holiday Season

Whether you're looking for a last minute holiday gift or want a story for yourself, here's fantasy that isn't grimdark.<p>Thanks to the popularity of</i> …

Books

The most efficient road trip to visit every national park in the lower 48 states | Adventure Sports Network

There isn’t a better time than right now to go visit national parks. Considering this August the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th …

National Parks

Eight Parents, One Shower

Four couples in Oregon are trying to ease the burdens and costs of modern parenthood by sharing a home, a truck, and nightly dinners.<p>COLTON, Oregon—On 20 acres of land outside Portland, eight adults are rethinking what many Americans would consider a normal family structure. They’re trying to …

Is There an AgTech Bubble?

Three years ago Iowa corn and soybean farmer Heath Gerlock received pitches from companies peddling a slew of sensors and software that track fuel …

Pinegrove: Cardinal Album Review

Montclair, N.J. band Pinegrove's debut LP <i>Cardinal</i> doesn’t initially come off like a hefty work. Its eight songs, which never move at too hurried of a pace, recall some of the most consistently likeable rock bands of the past 20 years in their most easygoing phases: There’s the rootsy shamble of …

pinegrove

The Best Writing App Ever Just Came To iOS

For almost a decade, Scrivener has been helping writers tame their untameable manuscripts. Now it’s been perfectly adapted to mobile.<p>A vintage typewriter, a beautiful fountain pen, a distraction-free writing app, or a ridiculously expensive e-ink word processor. Writing is hard, which is why …

Writing

“Something was wrong with Aunt Jane”: Brad Watson on the uncommon woman behind his new novel, writing difference and the appeal of “fly-over” country

Salon talks to Brad Watson, acclaimed author of “The Heaven of Mercury,” about his new novel “Miss Jane”<p>Brad Watson has been an aspiring movie star, a garbage collector, a digger of ditches, a bartender, a professor, and much more. With the publication of his 2002 novel "The Heaven of Mercury," …

My Friends’ Moms

When I was in elementary school one of my best friends lived across the street, which is to say also that my best friend’s mom lived across the street. She, the mom, taught us how to paint Bob Ross style, she read to us serially from the Little House on the Prairie books, she built us a sandbox, …

A DNA Sequencer in Every Pocket

A biotech company is building devices that will allow people to decipher genes in remote jungles, at sea, or even in space—and they say they’re just getting started.<p>Aboard the International Space Station, six people are currently orbiting the planet at 17,000 miles per hour, taking in fifteen …

Climate Change Data Becomes Beautiful Nature Illustrations

Jill Pelto’s paintings are the prettiest data graphs you’ll ever see.<p>For artist Jill Pelto, communicating the seriousness of climate change has become a personal mission. She does so in an unconventional manner— by using graphs as the compositional basis for her art.<p>At first glance, the pieces …

4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

So if this year’s National Poetry Month inspires you to give daily poetry a go in your classroom, maybe even just for the month, consider these four …

Literature