Plants can hear water. Could noise pollution interfere?

Plants can hear water. Could noise pollution interfere?

There’s a transformation underway in how people think about plants: not just as inanimate biological objects, but as capable of perceptions and actions that resemble the intelligent behaviors of animals. Studies have described plants communicating with each other,...
Some wolves are on their way to domestication—again

Some wolves are on their way to domestication—again

Tens of thousands of years ago, certain groups of wolves came to appreciate the rich pickings found at the edges of human communities. To better take advantage of them, they became less aggressive, lived in larger groups and took the first steps down a path that...
A peaceful end to the wolf wars?

A peaceful end to the wolf wars?

In 2007, a family of wolves in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest killed nine sheep. Ranchers who owned the sheep asked government wildlife managers to kill the wolves; but local wolf supporters and conservationists protested, asking instead for a non-lethal solution....
Good intentions alone won’t grow new mangroves

Good intentions alone won’t grow new mangroves

Perhaps no single ecosystem is more emblematic of nature’s benefits to humans than mangrove forests. Lining tropical and subtropical coastlines worldwide, they’re nurseries for countless species and protect inland areas from hurricanes and storms. They’re an...