Languages Still a Major Barrier to Global Science, New Research Finds

Over a third of new conservation science documents published annually are in non-English languages, despite assumption of English as scientific ‘lingua franca’. Researchers find examples of important science missed at international level, and practitioners struggling to access new knowledge, as a result of language barriers. 12.29.2016 English is now considered the common language, or ‘lingua[…]

Rethinking the Cost of War

A grief stricken American infantryman whose buddy has been killed in action is comforted by another soldier. In the background a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, Korea.  August 28, 1950.  Sfc. Al Chang. (Army) What if casualties don’t end on the battlefield, but extend to future generations? Our reporting this year suggests[…]

Art History: Thinking and Talking about Art

Image from Art Institute of Chicago Museum What is Art? Overview Art is a highly diverse range of human activities engaged in creating visual, auditory, or performed artifacts— artworks—that express the author’s imaginative or technical skill, and are intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. The oldest documented forms of art are visual[…]

What is Enlightenment Really?

By Giovanni Dienstmann / 12.29.2016 Finding The True Path To Liberation Buddhist monks, Hindu yogis, modern spiritual teachers, and Burning Man enthusiasts all use the term “spiritual enlightenment” – but are they speaking about the same thing? In this article I will explore what spiritual enlightenment is, both the traditional definition as well as the[…]

Ancient Greeks: Everyday Life, Beliefs and Myths

Ancient Greek pottery vase, known as a bell krater, used to mix water with wine for the table / Leeds Museums and Galleries, Creative Commons 03.29.2011 Introduction to the Ancient Greeks The Ancient Greeks lived over 2,800 years ago in mainland Greece and the Greek islands, but they also moved far further afield. Greeks could[…]