Insects, imperfect knowledge, and the imperative of action

Insects, imperfect knowledge, and the imperative of action

After more than a decade of scattered, ominous reports, the so-called insect apocalypse is finally front-page news. There indeed seem to be many fewer bugs than there used to be—but precisely how few, and for what reasons, is still a matter of some debate. So now...
How different are we after all?

How different are we after all?

©Andre Mouton How different are we after all? By Brandon Keim The traits proposed to define us—tool use, language, empathy, and so on—assume that humanity’s essence resides in what sets us apart from other beings. Yet, a seismic readjustment to that canon is well...
Preparing for life after peak oak

Preparing for life after peak oak

It’s no coincidence that oaks appear so prominently in premodern European mythology. Thousands of species are known to live among their branches and in their bark; their nuts are foundational to forest food webs. A centuries-old oak is practically an ecosystem unto...