When Hōkūleʻa entered the water for the first time in Kualoa 40 years ago, it was the beginning of a sail plan that has spanned generations and taken us on a 150,000-nautical-mile journey to reconnect the Pacific Ocean family that shares a common history of voyaging and exploration.
Having reached New Zealand using the same techniques as their ancestors, modern Polynesian voyagers pay a visit to a fascinating artifact.
By Captain and Pwo Navigator, Kālepa Baybayan It’s 9 a.m. and most of the crew of Hōkūleʻa, our 62-foot, deep-sea Polynesian voyaging canoe on a multi-year journey around the world, is still asleep. It’s amazing how exhausting sea travel can be. The hours of standing watch break down your natural rhythm of work-sleep cycles. The past two…
A family takes the trip of a lifetime and collects water samples to search for microplastics hidden in the waves.
There are moments of transcendence you search out, and those that seem to find you. Life on the prairie is full of both.
The bird species that have lived on Fernando de Noronha for millions of years have new predators to battle: introduced cats, rats, and a three-foot Brazilian lizard. Can they survive?
Stressed animals find new habitats, baby animals have a better chance for survival, and the world keeps its natural heritage alive thanks in part to the feats these Explorers perform every day.
What prevents the majority of scientists from making the leap from the ivory tower to the front lines?
In December we’d been walking on its slopes, collecting rock samples. One month after we departed, Sangay started erupting with ferocity again.
After catching bats all night, I crawled into my tent at 11:59 PM and counted down to the New Year, listening to lions call in the distance and a hyena whooping nearby …
It has a black head and a bright orange body, and velociraptor-like claws on its hind legs. It lives underground, not in a hive. And it lives by itself, instead of in the huge colonies we’re used to. Here’s the story of the discovery of the world’s newest-known bee. Bee-ing There The hot, dusty bush and deserts…
Looking at Carsten Peter’s photo of a Vietnamese cave blanketed in a mystical mist, you could be excused for thinking it was the product of Hollywood magic.
Invasive cats, rats, and lizards are wreaking havoc on the native species of Fernando de Noronha. How did they all get here?
In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, see how Floridians are working to control invasive lionfish and put them to good use.
Most people come to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to see elephant seals and penguins. Ginny Edgcomb came for the microbes.