People & Society

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...

Ship Spotters
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In Felixstowe, a seaside town in England, watching container ships is a tradition, and a time for taking stock of life.

The Mystery of the 19th-Century Maine Marine Monster
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Before cameras and submersibles were commonplace, scientists had to rely on fishermen for intel on ocean creatures.

The Origins of Ghana’s Iconic Black Star Line
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The focal point of the African nation’s flag was inspired by the name of its first shipping line.

Book Review: Seawomen of Iceland
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For centuries, Icelandic women have been some of the world’s hardiest, and hardest-working, fishing captains. Anthropologist Margaret Willson...

A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again
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On the Pacific Northwest coast, indigenous groups are reinvigorating the ancient practice of clam gardening.

What Happens When an Endangered Whale Pod Loses its Wise Old Grandma?
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With the death of Granny, the matriarch of the northeast Pacific’s southern resident killer whales, a century’s worth of knowledge and leadership...

People of the Sea Ice See Cracks Forming
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One of Canada’s more northerly communities reinvents its relationship with a thawing landscape.

Political Suppression of Science: Lessons from Canada
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Canadian scientists are lending support to worried American peers. 

Why Is the Sea Salty?
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From pissed off giantesses to a pissing cockroach, folk tales and myths offer some creative explanations.

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
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Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?

Radioactive Refuges
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A heavily-exploited Japanese fish found sanctuary after the 2011 Fukushima earthquake. 

Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
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New evidence suggests human presence in a Yukon cave during the last ice age 24,000 years ago.

Competition Pressured Killer Whales into Menopause
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Selfish daughters, not altruistic grandmothers, could explain the evolution of menopause.

Tapping the Freshwater Ocean Under the Sea
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Vast stores of fresh water exist deep beneath the seafloor—but who gets to decide how they’re used?

The Last Trial of the Codfather
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Since his release from prison in the 1980s, Carlos Rafael has ruthlessly run his Massachusetts seafood business with little regard for the law....

Claiming a Slice of Ice with the Help of Some Stamps
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Sixty years ago, a humble post office helped New Zealand stake a claim in Antarctica.

The Hunter’s Designer Shades
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Yup’ik hunters wore visors decorated with beautiful charms and designs.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Keith Davis
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The unsettling disappearance of a fisheries observer sparks questions about safety on the high seas and the fate of the fish stocks observers...

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