Wednesday was the first day of fall, but at coffee shops and grocery stores, it has been peak autumn for weeks, thanks to the early arrival of pumpkin spice, the ubiquitous flavor that has come to signal the season’s unofficial start. But what pulls us toward the pumpkin? Perception researchers Jason Fischer and Sarah Cormiea say it's the smell: Those notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger trigger deeply rooted cozy memories of autumn.
The ocean is a creature unto itself: immense, powerful, romantic, and inspiring, with mysteries left to reveal. In the magazine team’s editorial meetings, oceans-related Hopkins research had come up quite often of late, and it was not long before a tapestry of potential storytelling—from exo-oceans to the state of seafood sales—presented itself. We realized there’s a lot to dive into, and not all of it good news.