History

Did Climate Change Bring Down Late Bronze Age Civilizations?
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Marine archaeologists excavating the eastern Mediterranean are learning how the Bronze Age Mycenaean, Egyptian, and Anatolian Empires fell.

Hunger’s Children
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Fleeing the Irish Famine, some immigrants brought their islands with them to North America.

Polar Bears and People: Cataloging Conflict
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A team of international researchers investigate interactions between the Arctic’s two main predators.

Not Your Average Beach House
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Forget rebar or prestressed lumber—the sea provides a bounty of alternative construction materials.

Coastal Books to Keep the Kids Busy This Summer
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From the Shark Lady to refugees who traveled by sea, this season’s stories are sure to inspire.

Chesapeake Bay’s Misguided War on the Ray
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Science can go wrong—sometimes with deadly consequences.

In the Land of Lost Gardens
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Tireless in her quest, ethnobotanist Nancy Turner works with indigenous elders to preserve plant knowledge dating back to the First People in the...

God or Geology? The Genesis of Ram’s Bridge
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Secular and religious Indians are butting heads over the origin of an important shoal.

Here Be White Bears
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While dragons and other mythical beasts marked the charts of early mariners, Renaissance maps were illustrated with images—part fantasy and part...

Land Food Versus Seafood
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The omegas battle it out in our budgets and our bodies.

The Path of the Unseen Whale
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Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

Pool-landia
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For 70 years, Iceland has kept afloat the idea that mandatory swimming lessons save lives, but the policy doesn’t hold water.

Biology Versus Bones: the Case of the Cape Flattery Fur Seal
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The fishing rights of Olympic Peninsula tribes hinge on solving the identity of Cape Flattery’s fur seals. 

An Ocean in the Parlor
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Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

The Fisheries Scientist Who Saw the Future
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Why are we still struggling to implement recommendations for fisheries management made nearly 150 years ago?

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars
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How a toxic debate over the first Americans hobbled science for decades.

A Renaissance Field Guide to Fantastical Fish
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Dutch fisherman Adriaen Coenen’s visual masterpiece chronicled the ocean’s denizens, real and imagined.

A Synagogue with a Floor of Sand
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Sand covering the sanctuary floor in a Curaçao synagogue muffles sound, but speaks volumes to the history of Judaism in the Caribbean.

The Unforgettable Pia Arke
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Ever heard of Arctic hysteria? Neither did this Danish-Greenlandic artist until 1995, and then she forever changed the way we view Arctic...

Hark! A Sea Monster! (Oh, No, Just a Dying Whale)
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All those strange sea monster sightings in days of yore? This may be the best explanation yet.

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