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Joseph Kony and Mutiny in the Lord’s Resistance Army

Vincent Okumu Binansio, nicknamed Binany, was one of the many children who have been abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda. Captured in the mid-nineties, when the group was rapidly growing in power, Binany was taken to live in the compound of the L.R.A. leader, Joseph Kony, in …

Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

We may look back on this week just passing as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations, impossible to ignore. It is a particular low point for …

Ta-Nehisi Coates leads diverse group of MacArthur 'genius' grant recipients

Journalist and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is among a diverse group of artists, advocates and scientists that make up this year’s recipients of MacArthur fellow “genius” grants, announced on Tuesday.<p>Coates joins 23 other MacArthur fellows who will receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000, paid …

Community Health

Joseph McGlennon wins Bowness prize for 'powerful' and 'mysterious' photo

Judge says photo of two parrots, inspired by colonial-era botanist Joseph Banks, ‘brings the macrocosmic and microcosmic together masterfully’<p>An exotic and surreal image of two parrots perched on tropical foliage has been named winner of this year’s William and Winifred Bowness Photography prize in …

Dystopia

In 'Earth + Space,' NASA photo archives reveal the universe's vast beauty

They are glorious works of art — turbulent abstractions as well as enchanting portraits of faraway worlds that are the stuff of sci-fi movies. Except they aren't. These images are from "Earth + Space: Photographs From the Archives of<p>NASA," a Chronicle Books release due next week with text by …

Why Sea Monkeys Love Salt: A Fable on the Cost of Symbiosis

Time and again, microbes have opened doors for animals, allowing them to exploit niches that would have otherwise been denied to them by their basic animal-ness. By providing nutrients that are missing from the sap of plants, bacteria have allowed bugs to subsist on a diet of nothing else, turning …

Monkeys

Charon: A Dark Moon With a Dark Past

Something is rotten in the state of Charon, Pluto’s giant moon. OK maybe not rotten, exactly, but it’s just not…right.<p>Before the New Horizons spacecraft took a tour of the Pluto system in July, scientists guessed they might see a few interesting features on Charon — things like craters, and more …

Obama's new pick for education mirrors Duncan

President Barack Obama’s next education secretary is already under attack for being too much like the man he’ll succeed.<p>John King, who has been working as a deputy under secretary at the Education Department since January after several years as New York’s state education chief, earned President …

Education

The Fine Art of Focus in Travel Writing

I recently led an all-day in-the-field writing workshop in one of my favorite places on the planet, the hamlet of Point Reyes Station, population about 900, located an hour west of San Francisco, on the edge of the continent.<p>The purpose of the workshop was to replicate a day in the life of a travel …

Travel Writing

Hurricane Joaquin From the International Space Station

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly captured this photo on Oct. 2, 2015, from the International Space Station and wrote on Twitter, "Early morning shot of …

Space