When does an everyday errand become a life-changing act of kindness? When a simple packaged good purchase helps bring clean drinking water to children, families, and communities that desperately need it; when “1=1” means that consumers can help support a global cause initiative that’s changing lives. The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program 1 purchase…

What makes a country happy? The United Nations considers the answer with its annual World Happiness Report, ranking a total of 156 countries. Key ingredients for well-being include longer healthy years of life, more social support, trust in government, higher GDP per capita, and generosity. This year’s list hosts the same top 10 countries as…

Learn about the unusual hulling technique that helps give Nespresso’s Master Origin Indonesia Arabica its classic, velvety flavor.Photograph by Rena EffendiRead CaptionCoffee farmer Iswandi picks coffee from his small farm of 0.75 hectares in Karang Rejo village, Wih Pesam Region, Bener Meriah Regency. Iswandi has been farming coffee for over 10 years.Photograph by Rena EffendiLearn…

Ponds that vanish and reappear, animals that go dormant and return to life—vernal pools feel a bit like spring magic, but they’re 100 percent real. These ephemeral habitats, found along the U.S. West Coast and throughout the Northeast and Midwest, form in natural depressions that have suitable soil for holding water. (See our beautiful photos…

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a milestone event for the planet. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets across the U.S. to raise awareness about the impacts of human activities on the environment. Since then, the annual tradition has grown to involve billions of people around the world. This…

Gently singing Twinkle, twinkle, little star may lull a baby to sleep, but beyond the confines of Earth’s atmosphere, the words aren’t exactly accurate. A correct, albeit less soothing, rendition might be: Emit, emit, gigantic ball of gas. Stars are huge celestial bodies made mostly of hydrogen and helium that produce light and heat from…

Standing curb-side, about a block away from a congested intersection, Rob Greenfield is counting grapefruits—over a baker’s dozen he plucked from a nearby tree. He’s more than a hundred days into a year-long experiment in which he will forage or grow 100 percent of his food. On this particular day, Greenfield’s grapefruit harvest is only…

Since the beginning of human migration, the Iberian Peninsula—home of modern-day Spain and Portugal—has been a place where the cultures of Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean have mingled. In a new paper in the journal Science, a group of 111 population geneticists and archaeologists charted 8,000 years of genetics in the region. They paint a…

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A land of unrelenting wind and ice, Antarctica is about as far from verdant as any place can get. Yet cucumbers are growing on the continent’s coast. Next to them, bunches of leafy swiss chard, fresh herbs, and peppery arugula thrive. These greenhouse vegetables are the stars of one of several scientific projects underway at…