Jun 3, 2013 — It's not easy making friends with wild animals, especially when the animal is impossibly small, very shy, hiding under a pile of leaves. But when the writer Rachel Carson heard a "ting! ting! ting!" coming from her backyard — like someone ringing a teeny bell — she had to meet this creature, the one she called "the Fairy Bell Ringer."
May 26, 2013 — Today, heading out to a picnic often means a simple blanket and a basket packed with the outing's repast. But back in the day, outdoor feasts were much grander affairs, with crystal, servants, tables and gourmet fare.
Sep 3, 2012 — There are days can't be set down on a calendar a year in advance. They can't be planned for. Their appearance is a testament to the fact that we are more than rational, calculating machines lifted miraculously above the natural world.
Jul 20, 2012 — Commentator Barbara J. King recommends five novels that touch on topics in the natural and social sciences. She connects them with themes taken up here by the five writers at the 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog.
Jun 28, 2012 — From the Ugandan forest to a Cameroonian sanctuary to a U.S. zoo, three students devote their summer to research and conservation work with primates. Commentator Barbara J. King cheers on this trio — and the thousands of other college kids who'll take up science this summer.
Aug 15, 2011 — Summer is the ideal time for visiting amusement parks, braving the heat and riding roller coasters. But what would it be like to ride every roller coaster in America? Talk intern Kirstin Garriss talked with one man who attempted to conquer every roller coaster in America this summer.
Jul 14, 2011 — America's South, Midwest and Southwest are suffering through drought and high heat. The AP reports, "temperatures remained in the 100s with heat indexes reaching above 110 degrees. Overnight lows have not dropped below 80 degrees in many cities."
Jun 16, 2010 — It's a summer tradition for many people: the stressed-out summer vacation. Melinda Beck tells us in the Wall Street Journal how to avoid that fate.