The public pays for academic research and then again to read the published results of that research. A new initiative proposes a radical Open Access model. Can it work?
An anthropologist argues for new ways to value sacred landscapes.
Yes, humans hold awesome power over the rest of the planet, but nature will always fight our attempts to 'tame' the natural world.
Time spent outdoors makes us happier and healthier – and 'synthetic nature' may be able to replicate some of the effect.
Natural capital is a hot topic that proponents have jumped onto, believing it is the future of sustainable development. But this concept is based on fundamental fallacies.
Nature conservation is becoming another way to make money.
Peer review is a crucial part of the academic publication system. It is also a critical part of the hiring and evaluation process. What's the problem with peer review?
Research suggests that those struggling with negative feelings about their bodies should spend more time in the great outdoors.
Almost 100 years ago, the foundations to preserve the Boundary Waters in Minnesota for recreation were put in place. Now residents are debating whether to allow a mine in its headwaters.
‘Pokémon Go’ has the ability to make people wander around nature looking for fantasy creatures – but will this translate into people exploring real-life nature?
There are 6,000 named dragonfly species worldwide but recently 60 new species were found showing how much more we can learn.
Extreme weather has an outsized impact on everyday life. Focusing on average weather patterns may make Americans dangerously complacent about how climate change is already affecting our lives.
The natural world is full of trickery and deception in the struggle for survival.
Drugs, new materials and even more creative uses: biodiversity is full of potential.
Sex roles in nature don't always follow the same script. In fact, some females have genitals that resemble a penis. How can this be? Evolution has the answers.
Enough hand-wringing over children not getting out more.
The notions of "natural capital" and "ecosystem services" try to highlight the value of nature. But but by putting dollar figures on nature do we actually devalue it?
It is one of the most controversial questions in nature. Now a group of British researchers have shed light on the answer.
Should conservationists 'sell' the value of nature by focusing on the ecosystem services nature provides people? Surveys show this may be the wrong tack.
New research has shown that living near green spaces can improve children's cognitive development.