Can arctic ice be restored? (Pacific Standard)
by Peter Fiekowsky
Many of the terrible effects of climate change are related to melting arctic ice. Should we be looking at ways to protect and restore that ice, even if it demands a massive investment of resources?
Learning from a dead whale (Atlas Obscura)
by Jessica Leigh Hester
A dead whale showing up in the middle of a mangrove forest is less unusual than you might imagine. But, to cetacean forensic analysts, it’s a treasure trove of information about life in the deep sea.
Do hurt people hurt people? (Slate)
by Daniel Engber
It makes intuitive sense to many of us that Michael Jackson may have abused children because of abuse he suffered when he was a child himself. But the science behind the “cycle of abuse” is more complicated than you might think.
What “curing H.I.V.” really means (The New York Times)
by Apoorva Mandavilli
Splashy headlines announced a bone marrow transplant patient as the second person to be cured of H.I.V. The therapy holds little promise for most people living with the infection, but it sheds light on AIDS research and the question of what a cure looks like.
The upside of hackneyed language (Aeon)
by Nana Ariel
Using clichés is lazy and makes for bad writing and sloppy thinking, right? Certainly, that’s been the assumption among Westerners in recent years. But we might also think of clichés more like memes—flexible cultural artifacts that we can deploy in many ways, and that we can’t escape completely even if we want to.
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