When Humans Split from Apes

Cranium of Sahelanthropus tchadensis: a 7 million year old member of the human evolutionary lineage from Chad. Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Darren Curnoe Associate Professor Biological Anthropology and Archaeological Science UNSW Australia When and where did humans split from the apes to become a separate branch of bipeds? Are we an ape or not? If[…]

What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change

Carbon farming techniques, including compost amending, are helping California ranchers turn their pastures into carbon sinks. Photo courtesy Michael Woolsey/Marin Agricultural Land Trust. By Sally Neas / 04.29.2016 For many climate change activists, the latest rallying cry has been, “Keep it in the ground,” a call to slow and stop drilling for fossil fuels. But[…]

Alexander the Great: A New World and a New Turning Point for Western Civilization

Alexander the Great on the mosaic from the House of Faun in Pompeii, c.100 BCE, possibly based on a lost Hellenistic painting by Philoxenos of Eretria, The Battle of Issus, c. 315 BCE, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples. / From Steven Zucker at flicker, Creative Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh Brewminate Editor-in-Chief From a lecture[…]

Guarding the Dazzle of the Past

Book conservator Catherine Badot-Costello uses a microscope to work on an illuminated, bound parchment manuscript from Houghton Library (photo 1). Conservator Katherine Beaty (photo 2) works on a bound volume of business records from Baker Library’s Medici Collection at Harvard Business School. Beaty displays a computistic calendar in the form of a girdle book, dating[…]

Cynic Simplicity: The Courage to Think

Diogenes, Bastein-Lepage (1873) By Dr. Tim Rayner Former Professor of Philosophy University of Sydney Writer/Author Twenty years had taken their toll. I hadn’t seen Andy since our high school reunion. At first, I barely recognised him. There was more of him than I remembered. His face was broad, carved with crevasses of flesh. The hams[…]

The French Revolution as a European Media Event

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789 was a cornerstone of the French Revolution Photo: Creative Commons By Dr. Rolf Reichardt Professor of Art History University of Munich The French Revolution can be considered an epochal medial event in two ways. First, it resulted from an unprecedented explosion of[…]

Genetic Detectives: How Scientists Use DNA to Track Disease Outbreaks

An epidemiologist examines the sample taken from a patient thought to be infected with influenza A (H1N1) virus. Maria Armas/Reuters By Dr. Emily Toth Martin Associate Professor of Epidemiology University of Michigan They’re the top questions on everyone’s mind when a new disease outbreak happens: where did the virus come from? When did this happen?[…]

Beyond the NFL: A New Plan to Treat Brain Injuries For Women Escaping Abuse

Illustration by linearcurves/iStock Unlike players in the NFL, women who struggle with lifelong effects of concussions from abuse are rarely diagnosed. In Phoenix, scientists and advocates are working to change that. By Reagan Jackson Kerri Walker has been in two relationships involving domestic violence. Like many survivors, she was hit repeatedly. She was diagnosed with[…]