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The Bondo Landslide and the Future of Climate Disasters

The Bondo Landslide and the Future of Climate Disasters

Two years ago, a massive river of mud and granite swept over thousands of feet of alpine terrain, killing eight hikers before swamping the alpine village of Bondo, Switzerland. This type of disaster is often fueled by climate change, and it will happen again.

Paige McClanahan
Aug 19, 2019
Why Strava Is Getting More Social Than Ever

Why Strava Is Getting More Social Than Ever

The company is growing fast, adding roughly a million users a month, and it has lofty goals to expand far beyond its old identity as a platform for logging rides and runs. Can it succeed?

Joe Lindsey
Jun 24, 2019
What It Feels Like to Die from Heat Stroke

What It Feels Like to Die from Heat Stroke

Your head is pounding, your muscles are cramping, and your heart is racing. Then you get dizzy and the vomiting starts. Heatstroke kills thousands of people every year. This is what it feels like—and how to know when you’re in danger.

Amy Ragsdale and Peter Stark
Jun 18, 2019
The Best Thing About SwimRun? It's Not About the Bike

The Best Thing About SwimRun? It's Not About the Bike

Ötillö Swimrun is a grueling race series alternating long passages of open-water swimming with rugged runs of up to 40 miles. But unlike a triathlon, there’s no biking. That’s great news for W. Hodding Carter, a former collegiate swimmer who plans to qualify for the world championship. At age 56.

W. Hodding Carter
May 29, 2019
When a Fatal Grizzly Mauling Goes Viral

When a Fatal Grizzly Mauling Goes Viral

How much does the world need to know about a deadly bear attack? That question was tested in the Yukon last year, after the horrific loss of a mother and daughter caused a destructive media storm.

Eva Holland
May 23, 2019
The Human Antivenom Project

The Human Antivenom Project

Since 2000, Tim Friede, a truck mechanic from Wisconsin, has endured some 200 snakebites and 700 injections of lethal snake venom—all part of a masochistic quest to immunize his body and offer his blood to scientists seeking a universal antivenom. For nearly two decades, few took him seriously. Then a gifted young immunologist stumbled upon Friede on YouTube—and became convinced that he was the key to conquering snakebites forever.

Kyle Dickman
May 16, 2019
He Trots the Air

He Trots the Air

The end was coming for Roany, a strong and beautiful horse who’d been at the center of Pam Houston’s life for 25 years. What she wanted for him was simple: a peaceful exit, lifted by the touch of human hands.

Pam Houston
May 13, 2019
How Running Saved My Life

How Running Saved My Life

When my wife tried to kill me, when I went to jail for battery, and when I finally tried to take my own life, there was one thing that kept me from unraveling

Matt Fitzgerald
Mar 25, 2019