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Genetic data as public property (The Boston Globe)
by S.I. Rosenbaum
Giant and growing databases of individuals’ DNA and family trees can help police find serial killers. But what do they mean for all of our privacy?
Reviving ancient recipes (Atlas Obscura)
by Jessica Leigh Hester
How can we figure out what people ate 3,000 years ago, and maybe even reconstruct those meals for ourselves? It starts with dirty dishes.
A one-man abolition movement (Aeon)
by Marcus Rediker
Well before the abolition of slavery became a significant cause in white America, one Quaker named Benjamin Lay cobbled together his own anti-slavery ideas from a wild variety of experiences in his own life.
When black jockeys won the Kentucky Derby (The Conversation)
by Katherine Mooney
This year, like almost every year in recent memory, the Kentucky Derby had no African-American jockeys. To anyone who watched the race in its early years in the nineteenth century, that would probably come as a shock.
How to talk to a NIMBY (Vox)
by David Roberts
Building more housing is a key to more affordable, more sustainable cities. But how can local governments convince NIMBYs that it’s a good idea? Start by listening to them.
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