You’re alive during the Noisiest Period of Human History, and it’s having powerful effects on your body, mind, and mood. Happily, you can turn down the volume.
River of Healing
Can veterans find solace on the River of No Return?
High Country News
Why Fractals Are So Soothing
Jackson Pollock’s paintings mirror nature’s patterns, like branching trees, snowflakes, waves—and the structure of the human eye.
Is Your Noisy Neighborhood Slowly Killing You?
Inside the science of negative sound effects, and what we can do about them.
To Fight the Winter Blues, Try a Dose of Nature
New studies suggest that even short daily amounts of time outdoors—such as a city stroll—improve our moods and our ability to think
The Wall Street Journal
This is Your Brain on Nature
When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.
National Geographic Magazine
ADHD is Fuel for Adventure
Some of the best medicine for kids with attention-deficit disorders may be extreme sports and outdoor learning.
Cover Story: Generation ToXic
We’ve known for years that lead seriously impairs early childhood development. Now scientists are finding that our kids’ brains are at risk from a barrage of other common chemicals.
On Earth Magazine
Why I Chose Not to Get Tested for BRCA Genes
The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears
It may be the oldest emotion. Before happiness, before sorrow, before exhilaration, and way, way before the urge to climb mountains and bomb down steeps, there was fear. Now scientists are finding new ways to help us conquer our deepest anxieties—and use them to perform even better.
The Impressive Power of Breast Milk
Breast-feeding boosts an infant’s immune system and promotes a healthy gut. Scientists are finally isolating the compounds responsible. The result could be a health breakthrough for all ages.
Eat Like a Mennonite
On the second day of my chemical-detox diet, I was very hungry. I’d been eating like a rabbit, all carrots and greens that I’d gathered, barehanded, from the baskets of the farmer’s market, no gloves or plastic bags allowed. I cooked up some quinoa that I bought packaged in paper from the supermarket sometimes known as Whole Paycheck.
New York Times
Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning
These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And nope, there’s no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside.
Breast Implants Turn 50
On the 50th anniversary of the breast implant, Florence Williams takes a look back at the peaks and valleys of the controversial silicone orbs.
Breast Milk Therapies for Adults
The first round of milk-derived drugs are aimed at infants and children. But such compounds could soon also be aiding grown-ups—especially those whose populations of internal microbes have been compromised.
Toxic Breast Milk?
If human breast milk came stamped with an ingredients label, it might read something like this: 4 percent fat, vitamins A, C, E and K, lactose, essential minerals, growth hormones, proteins, enzymes and antibodies...
New York Times Magazine
How Animals May Cause the Next Big One
Florence reviews Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic