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A watercolor Jersey Devil depicts the popular and well known legendary character that has haunted the Jersey Pine Barrens since colonial times. The Jersey Devil is described as having the head and neck of a horse with the horns of a bull, wings of a bat, tail of a serpent, talons of an eagle and cloven hooves of a goat.

Birthing the Jersey Devil

For centuries, a fork-tailed mythical creature that lurks in the pinelands of the Garden State has served as a reminder of the horrors that result when reproductive freedoms are destroyed.

Unearthing Justice

New Zealand, North Island, Te Urewera National Park, man, hiker gazing at trees along hiking trail, wilderness, native rainforest, dramatic landscape,

Legal Personhood: Extending Rights to Nature?

The idea of awarding legal personhood to nature has received renewed attention in the contemporary environmental justice movement, but much contention remains.

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The Old Mill by Ferdinand Brunner, 1906

Windmills, Arabic, and an Environmental Victory

Well-researched stories from Nursing Clio, Nautilus, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.

The Where We Were

Visitors take photos of the National Stadium, dubbed the Bird's Nest on April 16, 2008 in Beijing, China.

Building the Olympic Games

A close connection between architecture, athletics, and the urban fabric is central to the idea of the modern Olympic Games.

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Facsimile of the original draft of the United States Declaration of Independence with images of the signers around the border.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Take a moment to contemplate the history and complexity of Independence Day, American Style.

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A bag of freshly picked potatoes in the field.

Potato Power!

How the potato changed the course of world history… twice.
Mahakala

Buddhist Pacifists at War

In the early centuries of Vajrayāna Buddhism in India, practitioners worked to reconcile the religion’s teaching of nonviolence with the realities of warfare.

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Unearthing Justice

New Zealand, North Island, Te Urewera National Park, man, hiker gazing at trees along hiking trail, wilderness, native rainforest, dramatic landscape,

Legal Personhood: Extending Rights to Nature?

The idea of awarding legal personhood to nature has received renewed attention in the contemporary environmental justice movement, but much contention remains.

Suggested Readings

The Old Mill by Ferdinand Brunner, 1906

Windmills, Arabic, and an Environmental Victory

Well-researched stories from Nursing Clio, Nautilus, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.

The Where We Were

Visitors take photos of the National Stadium, dubbed the Bird's Nest on April 16, 2008 in Beijing, China.

Building the Olympic Games

A close connection between architecture, athletics, and the urban fabric is central to the idea of the modern Olympic Games.

Roundup

Facsimile of the original draft of the United States Declaration of Independence with images of the signers around the border.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Take a moment to contemplate the history and complexity of Independence Day, American Style.

Long Reads

Christopher Strachey of the National Research Development Corporation demonstrates the memory drum of the Ferranti Mark 1, (also known as the Manchester Electronic Computer), which has 2,000 leads and functions in a similar way to the human brain, Moston, Manchester, February 1955.

The Love Letter Generator That Foretold ChatGPT

Alan Turing and Christopher Strachey created a ground-breaking computer program that allowed them to express affection vicariously when so doing publicly, as gay men, was criminal.
Charlotte Cushman, 1843

The Long Shadow of the Jolly Bachelors

More than a century ago, Charlotte Cushman presided over a group of queer female artists who supported one another’s creativity and left a pioneering, if overlooked, legacy.
La Bayadere, Estudio Dance Mariela Gonzáles, 2018

Pas de Deux With Cancel Culture

Traditionally set amidst an exoticized conception of India, La Bayadère’s recent staging argues for stripping away stereotypes in the creative reimagination of old ballets.
Retro circle pattern

How Two Rebel Physicists Changed Quantum Theory

David Bohm and Hugh Everett were once ostracized for challenging the dominant thinking in physics. Now, science accepts their ideas, which are said to enrich our understanding of the universe.

Jinnah framed Islam as a religion under threat, one which required protection through an urgent fight against those who would suppress its followers.

Pakistan’s Ambiguous Islamic Identity

Shelter along the Appalachian Trail

The Huts of the Appalachian Trail

Scattered along the Appalachian Trail, “primitive huts” built in various styles offer shelter, social space, and evidence of the trail's long history.
Peziza pseudoviolacea

The Vital Near-Magic of Fire-Eating Fungi

As wildfires grow in size and severity, researchers are learning more about the burn scar pioneers that are foundational to ecosystem recovery.
Jimi Sadle (L) , botanist at Everglades National Park; and George D. Gann, chief conservation strategist for the Institute for Regional Conservation give a tour looking for plants endangered by the effects of climate change

Witnessing and Professing Climate Professionals

What are scientists to do? Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton and historian of science Naomi Oreskes consider the social responsibility of climate scientists.