Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead with Gene-Editing

American scientist Ben Novak has spent the past six years working on a process referred to as de-extinction—with the goal of bringing back the passenger pigeon species that died off in 1914. In Melbourne, Australia Novak has used gene-editing to weave the Cas9 gene into the reproductive organs of common pigeons. Cas9 enables the use of CRISPR, a tool that acts as molecular scissors and …

Interview: Photographer Michael Muller

How he takes his mesmerizing, intimate shark portraits (hint: get out of the cage)

LA-based photographer Michael Muller has captured celebrities (including Rihanna for her album cover Unapologetic) to mutants and superheroes (the movie posters for “X-Men Apocalypse” and “Captain America: Civil War” to name a few), but the most fascinating subject that’s challenged him continuously over the past decade lives far from the hills of Hollywood. Since 2007, Muller has been swimming among the sharks, shooting in a …

Patagonia’s Latest Film Aims to Defend the Majestic Jumbo Valley

In Patagonia’s latest feature film “Jumbo Wild: The Movement,” the environmentally-focused outdoors company uncovers the ongoing battle between British Columbian locals and the developers who want to build upon their land. More specifically, these developers want to raise a massive ski-resort in the heart of the cherished Jumbo Valley, which, until now, has remained one of North America’s most majestic landscapes and the home to …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Miss Piggy the feminist, Pluto's wobbly moons, how to achieve superhuman hearing and more in this week's look at the web

1. Miss Piggy Receives Feminist Award The Muppets’ Miss Piggy was recently awarded the Sackler Center First Award by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art for her contributions toward modern feminism and for serving as a consistent inspiration to younger generations. Past recipients include former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, writer Toni Morrison and director Julie Taymor. In her classic, confident style, …

Lacoste + Everglades Foundation: Water is Life

In honor of Earth Day, the French label helps protect the habitat of its famed logo: the crocodile

Wetlands play a key role in maintaining ecological balance among the myriad of flora and fauna living both in and near them. In South Florida, the Everglades represent the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America. Spread over eight million acres, the area is home to rich biodiversity. Because the everglades have long been threatened by human activity, Lacoste is teaming up with the Everglades …