A cat with its eyes closed

Cat Blinks, Fox Food, and E.B. White

Well-researched stories from Mental Floss, Wired, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
The cover of the first edition of Slan by A.E. van Vogt

The Self-Styled Sci-Fi Supermen of the 1940s

Way before there were stans, there were slans. Too bad about their fascist utopian daydreams!
Daisetsu Teitarō Suzuki photographed by Shigeru Tamura

D.T. Suzuki’s Very American Zen

Zen was a conservative form of Buddhism in Japan that eventually became a way for Americans to find inner peace.

Are the Posthumans Here Yet?

Implanting machine components into human bodies, argues one scholar, could make for a better society.
The Marsh Seedless variety of grapefruits (scientific name: Citrus paradisi) from Mercedes, Hidalgo County, Texas, 1916

Grapefruit, Proud Boys, and Tricky Translation

Well-researched stories from Atlas Obscura, Insider, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
fire lights the hills from a controlled burn off of maize stubble on a farm property at Makikihi in South Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand.

The Global Suppression of Indigenous Fire Management

Indigenous peoples' techniques to manage and benefit from fire are threatened, even as wildfires burn more frequently and intensely.
Two women hugging in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

When It Comes to Coming Out, Location Matters

Two scholars compared coming out experiences in the U.S. and France. The differences may speak to shifts in everyday life for LGBTQ people.
An early nineteenth century wheelchair

The Rise of Disability Stigma

Religion once held sway over how people thought about disability. How did that change with the rise of secularism?
Helianthus paradoxus

Endangered Plants, Lizard Sex, and Voter Suppression

Well-researched stories from CNN, the New York Times, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
An altar for Santa Muerte

Who Is Santa Muerte?

The folk saint Santa Muerte might seem mysterious, but her devotees embrace a wide variety of everyday practices.