Osage Nation Beyond Killers of the Flower Moon (Time Magazine)
by Jean Dennison
A new movie tells a tragic story from Osage Nation’s history. Today, the tribe is still rebuilding its land, language, and culture.
The Exam That Made the Chinese State (Aeon Magazine)
by Yasheng Huang
Keju, China’s long-standing imperial civil service exam, extended coveted roles in government to men from outside the elite ranks and helped create a remarkably literate country. This came at a cost to civil society and the development of intellectual movements outside state control.
Killing Patrice Lumumba (CrimeReads)
by Stuart A. Reid
The assassination of Patrice Lumumba, prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was a transformative event not just for that country but for American policy abroad and the global political order.
Robotics: Now with Dead Spiders (NPR)
by Regina G. Barber, Anil Oza, Rachel Carlson, and Rebecca Ramirez
Need a tiny robot to adjust some wires? Why build a mechanical gripper when you can use nature’s own version: a dead spider. Yes, scientists are really trying this.
When Europeans Ate Seaweed (The Guardian)
by Nicola Davis
Archaeologists long believed that ancient and medieval Europeans, unlike their counterparts in many other regions, used seaweed only for animal fodder or a famine food. New research suggests otherwise.
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