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Civilizing Social Media

Strategies for depolarizing political discourse

Enslavement and the Environment

A case study: eighteenth-century Dominica

The Evolving Narrative of How Everything Began

To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

The End of Everything

We know the beginning, but what happens to the universe at the end of the story?

From Sunda to Sahul

The first crossings and early settlement of the Pacific

  • Civilizing Social Media

    Strategies for depolarizing political discourse

  • Enslavement and the Environment

    A case study: eighteenth-century Dominica

  • The Evolving Narrative of How Everything Began

    To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

  • The End of Everything

    We know the beginning, but what happens to the universe at the end of the story?

  • From Sunda to Sahul

    The first crossings and early settlement of the Pacific

Samplings
Bluish-reddish worm spiraled on sandy background.

Paleo-nursery

Cambrian fossil deposit near Kunming, China, contains a trove of larval and juvenile organisms.

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shark fin

Sharks in Our Midst

Their cultural history, prehistory, social systems, and more.

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  • Voracious Evolution

    Discoveries of more complete remains of cartilagenous fishes have shed new light on the prehistory of sharks and their relatives.

  • Sociable Killers

    New studies of the white shark (aka great white) show that its social life and hunting strategies are complex

  • Sharks: Man-Eaters and Others

    With suggestions that Americans turn to economic account some of the smaller species of the Atlantic Coast

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Lost Continents

Ever since the days of the Greeks, people have tried to prove that thriving civilizations once existed on huge islands that have since sunk beneath the sea.

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54-Million-Year-Old Skull Reveals Surprises about Early Evolution of Primate Brains

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  • Rad Toys

    Science toys you can build or buy for you and the other kids in your life.

  • Best Things in Life

    Where to find Natural History archives and other free stuff

  • The Third R

    With the spotlight on ’rithmetic, there are now free online sites where you can practice your math skills.

  • Pain in the Knee

    Alternatives to surgery for treating joint pain from arthritis

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