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American History

American Bison: A Story of Near Extinction and Conservation

With the American bison nearing extinction, William Temple Hornaday, a Smithsonian taxidermist, took it upon himself to lead a conservation effort to save the buffalo. His pioneering efforts led to the founding of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. […]

Health and Fitness Articles

Health & Fitness

Is Homemade Slime Safe?

In an effort to make sure the barn door is firmly bolted shut now that the horses are long gone, let me give you the quick version: there’s nothing in homemade slime that’s likely to hurt anyone, as long as it’s “used as directed.” […]

Robert Greenberg’s Music History Monday

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Émigrés

For us, for now, the key phrase is “he emigrated to America in 1936”: Fritz Mahler was one of the hundreds—the thousands—of artists, scientists, writers, and intellectuals who managed to escape Europe in the 1930s. And thereby hangs our tale.
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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: A Decidedly Politically-Incorrect Rant

Opera was invented in Italy for the same reason that surfing was invented in Hawaii: Hawaii is surrounded by warm ocean water and perfect waves and Italians are surround by the musical warmth and beauty of the Italian language: that seemingly perfect amalgam of vowel and consonant. […]

Science Articles

Malaria: The King of Tropical Diseases

Malaria—a mosquito-borne infectious disease—is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions of Earth. One of a variety of tropical diseases, Malaria has had a long and insidious […]

Right Brain vs. Left Brain: Dispelling a Popular Brain Myth

Roger Sperry, together with his student Michael Gazzaniga, participated in pioneering experiments, which won Sperry the Nobel Prize in 1981, and helped make Michael Gazzaniga the father of cognitive neuroscience. But their experiments also seeded one of the biggest brain myths out there: That “left-brained people are logical and “right-brained” people are creative. […]