It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it
“An adventurous person by nature, I absolutely love to travel and explore the remote areas hoping to find some of South Africa’s few remaining untouched places. Growing up at the coast I was never led onto the brilliance of the bushveld but things have changed drastically.
I have a great love for the African bush and all its small curiosities that most overlook, from the little guys crossing the roads to the towering elephants that sculpt our landscape, and this love for the wild has transformed an interest in photography into a love and deep passion for me.”
Professor Chris Turney is leading the 2013-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, retracing the footsteps of explorer and scientist Sir Douglas Mawson. Follow his journey through photos and updates over the next six weeks.
Insects are among the organisms that will react most rapidly to climate change. They have a short generation span, they are very mobile, and their rate of development is directly impacted by temperature.
Germany’s “Energy Transformation” program hasn’t been all windmills and sunflowers. Germans disagree over the operational details of their green transition. Rising energy prices have prompted questions about governmental controls, coalition talks have splintered on how to prevent further price hikes, and the absorption of the environmentalist platform into the political mainstream appears to have mortally wounded the Green Party.
It's been quite a November in Alaska, with warmer-than-average temperatures to start the month, a quick freeze, and then nasty weather all around the state. Take a moment to breathe with our best-of-November gallery.