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Economic Danger, Health Precautions, and Vampire Bats

Well-researched stories from FiveThirtyEight, Forge, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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How the Public Health Community Prepares for Pandemics

Public healthcare experts have been anticipating and planning for a pandemic like COVID-19 for years. These research reports and scholarly articles explain how.
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Triage, Altruism, and Thoughts Without Words

Well-researched stories from The Atlantic, Aeon, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.

P.S., Mushrooms Are Extremely Beautiful

American mycologist Violetta White Delafield painted over 600 stunning watercolors of mushrooms as part of her fieldwork. Here they are in all their glory.
Der liebe Augustin erwacht in der Pestgrube by Adam Brenner

Plagues, Dung Beetles, and Historical Romance

Well-researched stories from The New Yorker, Nursing Clio, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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African-American Journal Freedomways on JSTOR

Ninety-eight issues of the influential journal are part of the open access, “Independent Voices” collection from Reveal Digital. Scholars of Black history, take note.
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Virus Paradox, Men at Work, and Electronic Chores

Well-researched stories from The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Democracy, Beauty, and West Side Story

Well-researched stories from The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Autobiography, Chemical Love, and Virtuous Chocolate

Well-researched stories from FiveThirtyEight, Aeon, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Crowded Skies, Disappearing Bees, and Romney’s Vote

Well-researched stories from The Atlantic, The Verge, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Pandemics, Prison Violence, and Problem Drinking

Well-researched stories from The Conversation, The Washington Post, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Quarantines, Jumping Worms, and Trashing Margaret Mead

Well-researched stories from Wired, The Atlantic, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Copycats, Demon Drink, and the Power of a Color

Well-researched stories from The Conversation, The Atlantic, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Bad Pain, Good Parrots, and Better Sex Ed

Well-researched stories from CNN, The New Yorker, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Fire and Rescue personal watch a bushfire as it burns near homes on the outskirts of the town of Bilpin on December 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.

2030, Australia Ablaze, and Tricky Knots

Well-researched stories from NPR, The Conversation, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Best of Suggested Readings from 2019

Well-researched stories about the forest economy, eavesdropping squirrels, and more from publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Editors’ Picks: What We’re Reading

The history of Native resistance, the philosophy of love, the medicalization of madness, color in fairy tales, and dinosaur bones.
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Editors’ Picks: Sustainability and the Environment 2019

The environmental cost of cruise ships, the history of climate science, human fertilizer as waste, and other top stories about sustainability and the environment.
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Living Bridges, Musical Resistance, and Latino Votes

Well-researched stories from Nursing Clio, Wired, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Our Best Stories of 2019

Tweety bird linguistics, tiny purses, Beowulf's monsters, and the evolution of beauty.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement in Downing Street on December 13, 2019 in London.

Carolina Words, Brexit Time, and Weird Ancient Art

Well-researched stories from NPR, Washington Post, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Baby Yoda

My Fair Lady, Solar Wind, and Baby Yoda

Well-researched stories from The Cut, Scientific American, and other great publications.
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17 Poems by Emily Dickinson

Celebrate Emily Dickinson's birthday with a selection of her poems.
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Salamanders, Hong Kong, and the Power of Kindness

Well-researched stories from The Atlantic, Public Books, and other great publications.