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What a Grieving Orca Tells Us

People know a famous community of killer whales as individuals, with their own names, families, and personalities—which has made their woes even harder to take.<p>The first half of the killer whale’s scientific name—<i>Orcinus orca</i>—comes from the Latin for “of the realms of the dead.” For one population …

Whale Watching

New theory paints more sophisticated picture of ancient Easter Island

<b>(CNN) —</b> For decades, mystery has swirled around what happened to the founding population of the remote Easter Island, known for its towering stone statues depicting large carved heads. A long-held theory suggests that after the islanders set up camp and carved the giant statues, they destroyed …

Archaeology

Common words that came from the Vikings

Probably you’ve never studied Conversational Viking, let alone claimed to speak it.However, the language of the Vikings, Old Norse, has influenced …

Public Relations

The Literary Canon Is Mostly White. Here's an Alternative Latin American Reading List

1<p><b>If you have to read:</b> <i>Catcher in the Rye</i> by J.D. Salinger<p><b>Try:</b> <i>I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter</i> by Erika L. Sánchez<p>Holden Caulfield is the classic …

Literature

Rook at this mess: French park trains crows to pick up litter

Six crows trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish will be put to work next week at a French historical theme park, according to its president.<p>“The goal is not just to clear up, because the visitors are generally careful to keep things clean” but also to show that “nature itself can teach us …

Birds

"Edge of the Knife" World Premiere - Press Release

<b>MEDIA RELEASE</b><p><i>For immediate release</i><p><b>World Premiere of Haida-language film “Sg̱aawaay K’uuna (Edge of The Knife)” announced for 43rd Toronto</b> …

British Columbia

How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of

English grammar, beloved by sticklers, is also feared by non-native speakers. Many of its idiosyncrasies can turn into traps even for the most confident users.<p>But some of the most binding rules in English are things that native speakers know but don’t know they know, even though they use them every …

Language

Booker prize longlisting leaves Sabrina's publishers struggling to meet demand

Readers have been scrambling to get hold of copies of Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina since it became the first graphic novel ever to make the Booker prize longlist last month, with bookshops desperately seeking new stock of the surprise bestseller.<p>Waterstones head of fiction Chris White said that the book, …

Books

We’ve started living climate change, not just studying it, scientists say

Dozens of heat-related deaths in Japan this summer offered a foretaste of what researchers warn could be big increases in mortality from extreme heat.

Climate Change

Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight

(Reuters) - In a suburban Minneapolis laboratory, a tiny company that has never turned a profit is poised to beat the world's biggest agriculture firms to market with the next potential breakthrough in genetic engineering - a crop with "edited" DNA.<p>Calyxt Inc, an eight-year-old firm co-founded by a …

Genetics

Native Tribes Are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands

Sometimes Vikki Preston is inching her way through the forest when she comes across a grove of tan oak trees that feels special. The plants are …

Forests

Houseplants 101: How to Propagate Plants

As a garden designer who also loves making homemade gifts, I often propagate my houseplants. Giving away or swapping the plant babies is a rewarding …

Plants

The 6 classics from The College Board: 101 Great Books list you should read right now

We know <i>The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers</i> can seem like an endless list of dusty tomes written by authors who …

Books

Plants Are the World's Dominant Life-Form

Flora make up the majority of Earth’s biomass, followed by bacteria

National Academy of Sciences

18 German Words That Honestly Just Make So Much Sense

Use these to build up your ~wortschatz~.<p><i>This article was first published in English.</i><p><i>This post was translated from German.</i>

Language

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

The Brain

When did Aboriginal people first arrive in Australia?

Many Aboriginal Australians would say with conviction that they have always been here. Their ancestors and traditional learnings tell them of this …

Anthropology

73 Years Later, the "A-Bomb" Ginkgo Trees Still Grow in Hiroshima

"There’s a huge paradox at the heart of this ginkgo story."<p>On August 6, 1945, an Allied plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, creating a …

Hiroshima

Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and the war over change - Vox

How demographic change is fracturing our politics.<p>In 2008, Barack Obama held up change as a beacon, attaching to it another word, a word that channeled everything his young and diverse coalition saw in his rise and their newfound political power: <i>hope</i>. An America that would elect a black man …

Political Science

How to Prepare for Class Without Overpreparing

<i>Image: iStock</i><p><i>By James Lang</i><p>I’ll get right to the point, because I know you don’t have much time. A new semester is looming, and you are overwhelmed. …

Farmers to hold urgent summit over 'crippling impact' of heatwave

The National Farmers' Union will hold a "drought summit" amid fears the heatwave could seriously affect crop supplies.<p>Emergency talks on tackling the …

Farming

Respecting the Value of Food: Eating What We Grow

Hannah Semler, founder of food system consulting, Whole Crops, and co-founder of online farmers market, FarmDrop, guides her work with a simple …

Agriculture

Opinion: How Not To Talk About Race And Genetics

<i>Jonathan Kahn, James E. Kelley Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law</i><p><i>Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Columbia</i> …

Anthropology

Bodies believed to be those of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land after one man’s quest

Today the city of Sugar Land is a sprawling suburb southwest of Houston, home to Imperial Sugar Co., shopping malls and endless cul-de-sacs. But more than a century ago, it was a sprawling network of sugar cane plantations and prison camps. Sugar Land was better known then as the Hellhole on the …

Black History

The Myth of Racial Purity in Roman Britain

<i> This model at the Museum of London depicts the first bridge over the River Thames, which was built by the Romans in the first century. Steven G.</i> …

Archaeology

Ancient Tools Discovered in China Confound Accepted Theory of Human Migration

"This has been one of the high points in my career."<p>Earth is littered with evidence of intrepid, ancient peoples who had one big thing in common …

Anthropology

New Thoughts on Human Evolution

JENA, GERMANY—According to a report in <i>The Atlantic</i>, an international team of scientists led by archaeologist Eleanor Scerri of the University of …

Teaching and Scaffolding Student Talk

One of the strongest draws towards reading Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence and Equity for All Learners has been the many research-based …

Six Books that Will Change the Way You Think

Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink have selected the six Spring Finalist books for the Next Big Idea Club.<p>The votes are in! …

Black Lives Matter

No single birthplace of mankind, say scientists

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed <i>Homo sapiens</i> fossils were discovered. About 300,000 years ago, the story went, a group of primitive humans there underwent a series of genetic and cultural shifts that set them on a unique …

East Africa