Nature

57 Feet & Rising

“WHAT'S WRONG?” I asked John Ruskey. He slowly closed his cell phone. Glancing toward photographer Chris LaMarca to see if he was in earshot, he gazed at the churning Mississippi.

Beached Whales

Q. What's the story with the whales washing up on shore before the New Zealand and Japan earthquakes? Are they bellwethers of seismic activity?A. Strange...

Get Your Mind Dirty

PERHAPS YOU RECALL A TIME when you took in more of the world. You were new and the world was new. As a boy, I would go out in the woods and sit under a tree, then lick my thumb...

Fair Chase

THROUGH THE BINOCULARS I see them: nine tiny men in bright jerseys running in formation across the vast short-grass prairie of eastern New Mexico. They're chasing a tawny...

The Pulse

LIFELINE One more reason to eat your carrots. According to a paper to be published in the March issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, people with high blood...

Moments of Truth

The Sundance Film Festival, January 20–30 in Park City, Utah, gets back to its indy roots this year with 40 of 115 features by rookie directors. Some of our favorite films of late—Riding...

The Wild File: Rabies Outbreak

Q. Should I worry about visiting Bali, given the rabies outbreak?A. In a word, yes. The virus, which is spread through saliva and is fatal, was likely...

The Wild File

Q. What was up with that killer mountain goat in Olympic National Park?A. Blame a lethal combination of habituation to humans, a thirst for urine (we'll...

The Killer in the Pool

To work closely with a killer whale in a marine park requires experience, intuition, athleticism, and a whole lot of dramatic flair. Few people were better at it than top SeaWorld trainer Dawn...

The Beautiful and the Dammed

ALLAH WAS INVOKED THAT DAY, after a wood-fired breakfast in an 18-degree dawn. The earth was cloaked anew; hoarfrost made the grass crunch under my boots. Wind ripped away the...

Books: Epic Quests!

A few years ago, Outside correspondent Peter Stark dug up a satellite image of the United States taken at night, found the unlit areas, and began to plot. Like many Americans, he didn't...

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