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The Eugenics Movement in Retrospect

Despite warnings by biologists and geneticists, eminent individuals and venerable institutions helped promote a false theory that led to sterilizations and genocide.

Civilizing Social Media

Strategies for depolarizing political discourse

Enslavement and the Environment

A case study: eighteenth-century Dominica

The Evolving Narrative of How Everything Began

To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

The End of Everything

We know the beginning, but what happens to the universe at the end of the story?

  • The Eugenics Movement in Retrospect

    Despite warnings by biologists and geneticists, eminent individuals and venerable institutions helped promote a false theory that led to sterilizations and genocide.

  • Civilizing Social Media

    Strategies for depolarizing political discourse

  • Enslavement and the Environment

    A case study: eighteenth-century Dominica

  • The Evolving Narrative of How Everything Began

    To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

  • The End of Everything

    We know the beginning, but what happens to the universe at the end of the story?

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Early Life on Earth

Fossilized cell remnants in 3.4 billion-year-old bedrock are from primitive microbes. 

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Sharks in Our Midst

Their cultural history, prehistory, social systems, and more.

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  • Voracious Evolution

    Discoveries of more complete remains of cartilagenous fishes have shed new light on the prehistory of sharks and their relatives.

  • Sociable Killers

    New studies of the white shark (aka great white) show that its social life and hunting strategies are complex

  • Sharks: Man-Eaters and Others

    With suggestions that Americans turn to economic account some of the smaller species of the Atlantic Coast

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Prehistoric Stone Balls--a Mystery

Hundreds dot the Costa Rican jungle, as baffling as the monuments of Stonehenge.

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54-Million-Year-Old Skull Reveals Surprises about Early Evolution of Primate Brains

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  • Rad Toys

    Science toys you can build or buy for you and the other kids in your life.

  • Best Things in Life

    Where to find Natural History archives and other free stuff

  • The Third R

    With the spotlight on ’rithmetic, there are now free online sites where you can practice your math skills.

  • Pain in the Knee

    Alternatives to surgery for treating joint pain from arthritis

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Despite warnings by biologists and geneticists, eminent individuals and venerable institutions helped promote a false theory that led to sterilizations and genocide.

Fossilized cell remnants in 3.4 billion-year-old bedrock are from primitive microbes. 

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An Okinawa citrus species arose two million years ago when the Ryukyu archipelago disconnected from Asia.