How can you protect crops against global warming? One answer: find the secrets of plants that already thrive in the most punishing climates, says microbiologist Rusty Rodriguez.

Map courtesy of Benjamin Hennig

Social geographer Danny Dorling explodes the traditional maps of the world and creates lively, ever-changing depictions of why and how we live.

Who says you can’t solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions? Check out these four innovative, ancestor-approved approaches

How can humans survive if the world gets drier? Here’s one scientist’s answer … so-called “resurrection” crops.

Why an environmental chemist in Holland is betting that both farming and hospitals might be improved with the use of a fancy form of water.

Genetic engineering and organic farming are often set up in opposition to one another. After all, how could one agricultural practice that eschews any influence other than Nature coexist with another that is entirely cultivated in a lab? Well, in the household of Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, they live together up close and personally, as the genetic scientist and organic farmer are married. Here, the pair discuss the complexity of modern agriculture.

At the end of 2014, find repose by exciting the mind. 52 of the world’s leading thinkers offer the books that inspired them and their work.