These are essays reprinted in Best American Science and Nature Writing that you can choose from for your Reading Journal assignments. Questions or broken links? Email Haley (email@example.com).
From The Atlantic: The idea that animals are conscious, long unpopular in the West, has lately found favor among scientists who study animal cognition. Now even some insects are thought to have interior lives. A journey into the depths of the animal mind. (HINT: click the Full Text PDF tab to see the version with images)
From Wired: For ages, the sense of smell has been underestimated and poorly understood. Now scientists are trying to crack the code of how it works - and create robots that can sniff out the world's secrets like a dog.
Why are black mothers and babies in the United States dying at more than double the rate of white mothers and babies? The answer has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America.
In Siberia, a plan is under way to repopulate the grasslands with ancient grazers, including, in the near future, genetically engineered woolly mammoths. (HINT: click the Full Text PDF tab to see the version with images)
When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska, veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes for concern as climate change frees up new pathogens and other dangers in a vast, thawing north.