A New Yorker staff writer analyzes the perilous world of the international fossil trade through the story of one man's devastating effort to sell a Gobi Desert dinosaur skeleton from a nation that forbids natural-history trafficking.
An endlessly fascinating collection that you can dip into in any order, these pieces will transport you to ancient Mars, when water flowed freely across its surface; to the collision of two black holes, a cosmological event that released fifty times more energy than was radiating from every star in the universe; and to the beginning of time itself.
Traces the efforts of an elite scientific team that put Einstein's theory to an ultimate test during a historic mission to photograph a black hole, addressing key questions about time, space and the nature of the universe.
During a time when most wild animals are experiencing decline in the face of development and climate change, the intrepid mountainlion—also known as a puma, a cougar, and by many other names—has experienced reinvigoration as well as expansion of territory. Their story is fascinating for the lessons it can afford the protection of all species in times of dire challenge and decline.
Throughout history, humans have been fascinated by space. From the Babylonian astronomers of 700 BCE who charted the paths of planets, to the ancient Inca and Aztec builders of early astronomical observatories, to the launch of Sputnik 1 and the Moon landing, through today's private and public space exploration endeavors, we have always looked to the skies to learn about our place in the universe.