Can Sacred Groves Help Rescue an Indian Ecosystem? (Hakai Magazine)
by Mahima Jain
Tropical dry evergreen forest once covered much of the Coromandel Coast in southeastern India. Now, it’s almost gone—except in certain pockets including sacred groves where families come to worship. These could serve as a model for reforestation.
The Lives of Medieval Babies (Aeon)
by Katherine Harvey
In the medieval era, many infants died before their first birthday. But that doesn’t mean their families didn’t care for them deeply—as demonstrated by a huge volume of instruction and advice for new mothers.
The Past and Future of the City Bus (The Conversation)
by Nicholas Dagen Bloom
Light rail may be flashier, but city buses have been at the heart of public transit networks for a century. Investment in bus networks could help build the kinds of urban lives many Americans want.
Army Ants on the Attack (Atlas Obscura)
by Frank Nischk
The army ants of Central and South America are an astonishingly important part of the ecosystem, with numerous other species dependent on their giant swarms. But that’s little comfort when they’re marching into the research station, and you’re the only human there.
Why Do We Keep Reading Victorian Novels? (Literary Hub)
by Katie Lumsden
Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë remain major figures for readers a century and a half after they wrote their classic books. What is it about that era—and the authors who shaped the modern novel—that keeps us coming back?
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