Fascinating article by Richard Grant, photographs by Andrew Geiger for the Smithsonian Magazine. Read their full piece here.
Physically deformed because of his crimes, it’s difficult for this particular inmate to interact with people without fear of judgement. Read More
The remains, initially thought to be Roman, were mislaid soon after being found in the 1960s.
Primatologist Frans de Waal believes that the way humans experience emotion is not unique: “That’s a spectrum of behavior that we have, and the same thing is true for many other species.”(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)
A Q&A with the intelligent and charming Charmaine Pedrozo, who is studying people’s emotional responses to wildlife as part of her master’s thesis.
By Damian Carrington as published on The Guardian The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilization, say the world’s leading scientists Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an […]
The first people who populated the Americas – http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170328-the-first-people-who-populated-the-americas
By Maeve Higgins
In January of 2014, a girl who had left from Cobh in Ireland (formerly known as Queenstown) journeyed across the Atlantic, and skipped rosy-cheeked off an airplane at John F. Kennedy Airport to start her new life. That was me, compensating for my indoor ghost face with too much blush in a shade aspirationally entitled “orgasm.” In January of 1892, a girl who had left from Queenstown (now known as Cobh) skipped rosy-cheeked off a boat at Ellis Island to start her new life. That was Annie Moore, flushed with embarrassment at the unexpected fuss being made over her by the officials on the island. She was the first immigrant through the new processing center that opened its doors on January 1 of that year.
Maeve Higgins’s article comes at a time (at least in Canada) where ‘whiteness’ is seen as a collective condition wherein everyone ‘white’ apparently shares a common history and culture – not only with other ‘white’ Canadians, but with ‘the old country’. It’s an important critique on not only what it means to call one’s self Irish-American (or Canadian) and the reality of a homeland that has dramatically changed from the idyllic vision we often have in our minds of, in this case, the hometown in Ireland.
Read Maeve Higgins’s provocative article here.
By Martha C. Nussbaum
from The New York Times, The Big Ideas – Opinion
Over time, the idea of “being human” has surely meant — and will continue to mean — many things. There is and has never been just one answer. But surely one thing it ought to involve today is the ability to recognize that the question itself is a problem.
We share a planet with billions of other sentient beings, and they all have their own complex ways of being whatever they are. All of our fellow animal creatures, as Aristotle observed long ago, try to stay alive and reproduce more of their kind. All of them perceive. All of them desire. And most move from place to place to get what they want and need. Aristotle proposed that we should strive for a common explanation of how animals, including human animals, perceive, desire and move.
Read Ms. Nussbaum’s fascinating article in full here.
“All life on Earth, in one chart
What you’ll see below is a kind of tower of life. Each large block of this tower represents a gigaton of life, and the blocks are grouped into broad kingdoms. There are the protists (think microscopic life like amoebae), archaea (single-celled organisms somewhat similar to bacteria), fungi (mushrooms and other types of fungus), bacteria (you’re familiar with these, right?), plants, and animals.
As you can see, plants dominate our world. If the tower of life were an office building, plants would be the main tenants, taking up dozens of floors. Comparatively, all the animals in the world — seen in gray in the tower — are like a single retail shop (a trendy one, to be sure) on the ground floor.” – from vox.com
See the chart and read Vox’s entire article here.