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Creative Destruction: How Volcanoes Gave Us Food, Water, and Even the Air We Breathe

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We delve into stories that inspire us—from the details behind our candles, to the facets of scents, and the people that inspire us.

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Brain Food: How Did Human Intelligence Evolve? Read

Inspired by Wild Figs, this month’s Ignite story explores the evolution of the human brain.

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The World’s Largest Pharmacy: How the Rainforest Gave Rise to Modern Medicine Read

This August, in honor of Isle of Jasmine, we’re exploring “the world’s largest pharmacy”: the world's rainforests.

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Don’t Touch That Lavender: The Problem With Patenting Plants Read

This July, in honor of Lavender + Petals, we’re investigating the practice of patenting new plants as private intellectual property.

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Ocean of Mystery: We Don’t Know Much About the Deep Sea, and That’s a Big Opportunity Read

This Junes, in honor of Waves, we’re diving to the deepest depths of the sea to explore the surprising — and sometimes upsetting — secrets it contains.

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Going Green — But Not the Good Kind: On Climate Change and Plant Pandemics Read

This April, in honor of Grapefruit + Yuzu, we’re investigating the relationship between human society and plant health.

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Open Up the Garden Gates: How the History of Urban Agriculture Can Help Us Bridge the Rural/Urban Divide Read

This March, in honor of Green Market, we’re exploring the long history of urban agriculture as a tool for building healthy communities and environments.

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Au Naturel: How Humans Separated Themselves From Nature — and Why It’s Time to Reconsider Read

This March, in the rustic spirit of Wood Cabin, we’re looking at how the cognitive divide between human society and the natural world came to be.

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We Are Family: The Promise and Peril of Taxonomy Read

This month we look the man who gives the magnolia tree its name, Pierre Magnol, and the rewards — and risks — of scientific classification.

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