What Makes Nonviolent Movements Explode?

Occupy Wall Street on September 30, 2011. (Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone) By Mark Engler and Paul Engler Why are some protests ignored and forgotten while others explode, dominating the news cycle for weeks and becoming touchstones in political life? For all of those seeking to promote change, this is a critical question. And it was a[…]

The Armchair Traveler’s Guide to Digital Environmental Humanities

By Dr. Finn Arne Jörgensen Professor of Technology and Digital History Umeå University Environmental Humanities 4:1 (2014), 95-112 Abstract The technological mediation of near and distant landscapes have long fascinated scholars and the public alike, and it seems like this interest peaks around times of large-scale technological transition, when new modes of both transportation and[…]

Why the History of News Explains Its Future

Newspaper stand in London. Yukiko Matsuoka   By Dr. John Maxwell Hamilton and Dr. Heidi J.S. Tworek Hamilton – Professor of Journalism, Manship School of Mass Communications, Louisiana State University Tworek – Assistant Professor of International History, University of British Columbia Was May 2016 the month that faith in print newspapers finally died? On May[…]

Last Chance Incorporated

Through industry and ruination, a human body and a landscape compose a life tenuously holding together. Occulted ways of mattering in a late industrial landscape. By Dr. Jason A. Pine Professor of Anthropology Purchase College Cultural Anthropology 31:2 (May 2016) All photos by Jason Pine The Monarch trailer lies in the dirt off the side[…]

1961: One Giant, Long Leap to Mars

With NASA astronaut Alan Shepard aboard, Mercury Redstone-3, America’s first piloted spaceflight is launched on May 5, 1961 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 5. / Credit:  NASA By Bob Granath / 05.02.2016 NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida According to an ancient Chinese proverb, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with[…]

The Challenges and Opportunities for Research in Paleontology for the Next Decade

Maiasaura peeblesorum cast – University of California Museum of Paleontology – Berkeley, CA / Wikimedia Commons   By Dr. Robert R. Reisz and Dr. Hans-Dieter Sues Reisz – Professor of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga Sues – Paleobiologist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Frontiers in Earth Science 3:9 (2015) Since the recognition of[…]

Journalism Since the French Revolution

Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Jürgen Wilke Professor of Journalism and Communications Johannes Gutenberg University Translated by: Christopher Reid Editor: Jürgen Wilke Copy Editor: Christina Müller Abstract Journalism refers to the system of procuring and disseminating the contents of modern media of mass communication. Those who exercise this function are called journalists. The historical beginnings of[…]

It’s Time for a New Story of Humanity’s Place in the World

Illustration by Kelsey King By Dr. Philip Loring Ecological Anthropologist University of Saskatchewan It goes without saying that humans are good at causing problems. Climate change, overfishing and widespread environmental contamination from chemical toxicants are all creations of our own making. But are we destined to create such problems? Many people believe so, and argue[…]

This Scientist Can Hack Your Dreams (VIDEO)

Moran Cerf studies the underlying mechanisms of our psychology by eavesdropping on the activity of our brain from the inside out. Moran Cerf What if we could peek inside our brains and see our dreams — or even shape them? Studying memory-specific brain cells, neuroscientist (and ex-hacker) Moran Cerf found that our sleeping brains retain[…]

Trump Bets on Mass Amnesia

By Dana Milbank / 05.22.2016 Washington Post Columnist Just how gullible does Donald Trump suppose the American voter is? The billionaire showman has been the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for only a couple of weeks, yet his general election strategy is already becoming clear: hope for a mass nationwide outbreak of short-term memory loss. His[…]