Outlaws, Trolls and Berserkers: Meet the Hero-Monsters of the Icelandic Sagas

Íslendingasögur by Gilwellian – Árni Magnússon Institute By Rebecca Merkelbach Doctoral Student University of Cambridge “I’ve come to kill your monster!” exclaims Beowulf in the 2007 film version of the epic poem. But how do his suspicious Danish hosts know that this monstrously huge stranger is actually a hero searching for glory? And, by the[…]

Ethnography: Deviation

Photo by WA State Library / Creative Commons Let’s keep ethnography, and talk more about how it’s done. By Susan MacDougall Doctoral Student in Social Anthropology Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Oxford To heed Tim Ingold’s (2014) request that we all rein in our use of the word ethnography, many anthropologists would[…]

Bernie Gives Wasserman-Schultz Taste of Own Medicine with Announcement

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz / (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) By Charles Topher / 05.21.2016 Debbie Wasserman-Schultz hasn’t exactly been kind to the Bernie Sanders campaign. As Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, Wasserman-Schultz has a duty to see that the party’s primaries are fair and just and that the candidates are treated equally. The Sanders campaign[…]

How Close Are We to Actually Becoming Martians?

Unlike science fiction films featuring grotesque aliens and faraway galaxies, Ridley Scott’s The Martian depicts a sci-fi space mission that could soon be science fact. 20th Century Fox By Dr. Sidney Perkowitz Professor of Physics Emory University Like any long-distance relationship, our love affair with Mars has had its ups and downs. The planet’s red[…]

192 Days as John Doe

© Parkin Parkin For decades, unidentified bodies have been consigned to the back rooms of morgues and all but forgotten. Now a handful of campaigners are on a quest to find out who they are and where they come from. By Deborah Halber / 05.17.2016 On a Saturday morning in late February in the town of Tonawanda, New[…]

NRA: Right to Own a Gun Apparently More Important than Right to Vote

By Shannon Argueta / 05.21.2016 National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre had an absolute meltdown at the organization’s annual conference on Friday about voting rights. LaPierre is extremely pissed off that Democrats want to restore voting rights to ex-felons. Apparently, he doesn’t think these people deserve the right to vote, but he’s totally cool with[…]

Psychiatry and Psychotherapy: A Troubled Relationship

Flickr user BurningMax (Creative Commons) By Andreea Enache-Tonoiu University of Bucharest Europe’s Journal of Psychology 9:4 (2013) Introduction Historically, the relationship between psychiatry and psychotherapy has not started on a positive note and tensions have marked their development throughout the 20th century. However, the relationship has evolved significantly during recent years, with both professions acknowledging[…]

A History of Coffee in Norway

By Chris Kolbu PART ONE Ask about Norway and coffee, and the first thing that will come to most people’s minds—Norwegians included—is that the consumption per capita rates among the highest in the world. But that’s not the full story. How did a small country with no real mercantile or colonial power manage to become[…]

The Dangerous Insecurity of Donald Trump

By Eugene Robinson / 05.21.2016 Washington Post Columnist Donald Trump’s opponents in the primaries were right to call him a con artist, a narcissist and a pathological liar. Just ask “John Miller.” That’s one of the names Trump used with journalists to burnish his status as a bold-faced Manhattan celebrity; he also called himself “John[…]

A New Platform for Discovering Antibiotics

Andrew Myers, Amory Houghton Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and colleagues have created a simplified platform for discovering antibiotics. Myers hopes this will lead to quicker development of effective antibiotics. / Photo by B.D. colen Harvard chemists hope to shorten time, difficulty in measuring their effectiveness, potential By B.D. Colen / 05.20.2016 Harvard researchers[…]