How Drug Trafficking Worsens the Problem of Deforestation

The rainforests of the world are rapidly disappearing due to a range of issues, including illegal logging and cattle ranching. Now, researchers have pinpointed another surprising factor in the destruction of the rainforests in Central America: Drug trafficking. » 1/31/14 11:30am 1/31/14 11:30am

During World War I, fake trees for snipers would pop up overnight

The "O.P. Tree" was an Observation Post Tree deployed during World War I. Its "goal," as author Hanna Rose Shell explains in Hide and Seek, her newly published history of the relationship between camouflage and photography, "was to craft a mimetic representation of a tree-and not just any tree, but a particular tree… » 6/07/12 6:25am 6/07/12 6:25am

Forests might be detectable on extrasolar planets

Thanks to a new remote sensing technique, astronomers may soon be able to detect the presence of multicellular life (like trees) on planets outside of the Solar System. » 12/11/10 7:25am 12/11/10 7:25am

The height of the world's forests in map form

NASA has created a global snapshot of the world's forests using satellites and LIDAR, a laser technology that measures the height of forest canopy using pulses of light. This map took seven years and 250 million pulses to create. » 7/20/10 2:01pm 7/20/10 2:01pm

Satellite Shots Of North Korea Reveal A New Menace

Thanks to satellite data from NASA and Google, researchers discovered that North Korea has begun logging the Mount Paekdu Biosphere Reserve, a 326,000-acre United Nations forest preserve and habitat of the endangered Siberian tiger. » 5/18/10 11:17am 5/18/10 11:17am