Deep blues

The lowdown on deep-sea mining Long ago, the dark and chilly regions of the deep-sea floor were thought to be a biological wasteland. How could life survive, let alone flourish, in a region devoid of sunlight and therefore of plant life, subject to immense cold and the pressure of seawater at unimaginable depths? Even after […]

New Vision of the Aztecs

THE LATE AFTERNOON sun illuminates Mexico City’s Great Temple of the Aztecs. I pause outside the shrine of the rain god Tlaloc to examine a guardian statue colored turquoise and burnt-orange. The stone figure reclines, knees bent, its head turned to one side, as if anticipating my approach. In its hands is a bowl meant […]