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Auroras as seen from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station..

Life on the ice

Harvard researchers recount working and living at one of the most remote places on Earth: The South Pole



“It was really a shocking realization that this was happening,” said Mary Brinton, Radcliffe Hrdy Fellow and chair of Harvard’s sociology department. For the past several years, Brinton and a team of collaborators have explored declining fertility rates in postindustrial societies, in work partly funded by the National Science Foundation.

Falling fertility rates

Study finds that national cultural norms and economic conditions are helping create a ‘demographic time bomb’



Columbine pollinators include bees, which prefer short, curled spurs; hummingbirds, which enjoy short, straight spurs; and hawkmoths (shown here), which can dig into long, slender spurs.

Tailored to fit

Flowers change to match pollinators’ tongues, causing dramatic diversity