Culture & Technology


Photo of arid soil courtesy of Oxfam International
January 12, 2015

Soil—it’s what’s under our feet. But it’s also what makes sure there is food and water in our stomachs, air in our lungs,...

January 03, 2015

Even for seasoned agricultural and soil scientists, the concept of modeling can be foreign. Making models more familiar and promoting their study...

wheat field during harvest
October 31, 2014

In south-central Washington, you’ll find the driest wheat-growing region in the world. With only 6 inches of rain falling per year, farmers...

Pyramid Lake
August 12, 2014

The catching of a fish doesn’t normally make headlines in the New York Times. But that’s just what happened when an angler...

Field of irrigated alfalfa
July 17, 2014

How quickly a lake fills after water is drawn for irrigation or drinking is easily measured, but that’s not true for underground water...

calculator in soil
February 11, 2014

For decades, scientists, politicians and environmentalists have been trying to put a value on the Earth’s natural resources. Once public...

An image from a CT scan of a soil core
January 06, 2014

The large, air-filled spaces, or “macropores,” in untilled soil often resemble the branching vessels of the human circulatory system...

November 12, 2013

Since she began working with ground-...

Two scientists searching a graveyard with GPR
November 12, 2013

In 2007, police in a northeastern U.S. state received a tip about a cold case dating back to 1984. A woman had gone missing that year, and...