With his leg stuck and temperatures dropping, one hiker thought he'd never get out of a remote Utah canyon alive

After losing his bear spray, Colin Dowler was caught with nothing but a tiny Buck knife

When she realized a mountain lion was stalking her, Dee Gallant knew exactly what to do—blast some heavy metal

After a climbing partner became ill, high winds stranded Yev Krasnitskiy and his team on the upper reaches of Mount Rainier for five days with no way to go but up

In the 1990s, thousands of bones and bone fragments mysteriously went missing from Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa, the continental epicenter of Native American burial remains. In December 2015, a detective with the National Park Service tracked down the artifacts—and the man who stole them.

Some of them trained for years to save lives. Others came to the rescue by following their noses. They all earned our eternal gratitude.

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Contrary to what the recycled-sandal wing of the environmental movement might think, greening the world takes sacrifice, hard work, and a lot of cash. At least that’s the impression you get from reading Edward Humes’s Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet ($26, Ecco). Humes,…

A recession—this recession—is the best time to travel

After a half-century on his hands and knees, poking at bugs, Harvard ant geek and acciden­tal eco-celebrity E.O. Wilson, 79, is back with The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies (W.W. Norton, $65), co-written with Bert HÖlldobler. It’s a follow-up of sorts to their 1991 Pulitzer Prize…

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Science writer Richard Preston has chased stories up 400-foot redwoods (see his 2007 book The Wild Trees) and into medical-research labs (1995's The Hot Zone), where his biohazard suit ripped open, potentially ex­posing him to a deadly, unidentified virus. In Panic in Level 4 (Random House, $26), a collection of updated stories

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