History

Spanish Empire Shipwrecks Offer New Data in the Quest to Understand Hurricanes
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Caribbean Sea shipwrecks offer a high-resolution record of historical hurricane activity, which could be used to tune climate models. 

Doing Science with Stories
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The experiences of people who live close with the land offer a potentially valuable complement to traditional climate change data.  

The Ultra Mega Powerless Take On the Ultra Mega Power Plants
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In India’s Gulf of Kutch, a migratory community of fishers tries to maintain access to the coastline that sustains them.

Havana: Some Assembly Required
Features

A communist city struggles to lure foreign money and rebuild its failing infrastructure without sacrificing its revolutionary roots.

The Tricky Hunting Tactics of Dolphins
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A question passed down from an amateur naturalist to a graduate student spawned a decade-long bond, and uncovered new secrets of dolphin behavior...

Will Clashing Visions End the Harmony in Haifa, Israel?
Features

How redeveloping neighborhoods in Haifa threatens its unique reputation for tolerance in a divisive country.

How Ancient Rome’s 1% Hijacked the Beach
Features

The rich, the poor, and the battle for the Bay of Naples.

Who Controls the Coast?
Features

Squabbling over some of the world’s most valuable territory, the shoreline, is ultimately a very human thing to do.

Book Review: White Eskimo
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The life of Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen, who diligently documented Inuit spirituality and culture, is explored in this new biography.

Mud, Shuck, and Spat
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The future of Chesapeake Bay’s oysters depends on interstate cooperation.

Message in a Boulder
Features

Long before texts or email, sailors sent messages using rocks. Yes, rocks.

The Man Who Became the Rainbow
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A rare mask represents a human-spirit transformation in the origin story of the Yagán people of Patagonia.

Māui and the Giant Fish
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Sibling rivalry spurred an adventure that defined New Zealand geography.

Book Review: Seal
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A Canadian historian looks at the seal’s place in the natural order and in human culture.

No Wool, No Vikings
Features

The fleece that launched 1,000 ships.

Peekaboo Islands
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From tides to tectonics, puzzling events have pushed these five islands under water—only for them to rise again.

Krill Seekers
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How a tiny crustacean reinvigorated Antarctic research.

This Bridge Will Move You
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The 123-year-old Bizkaia Bridge is part bridge, part gondola, and a little bit ferry.

The Race for Arctic Oil
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Oil companies have always looked north for vast oil fields, and they won’t stop any time soon.

History Is Melting
Features

Archaeologists are forced to choose what to save as their dig sites disappear into the Arctic Ocean.

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