Australia’s firefighters have a lot to learn from Aboriginal people

January 24, 2020

In southern, temperate Australia, this year’s fire season has been one of the worst in living memory — but in much of the country’s tropical north, it is nothing out of the ordinary.  This is no accident, experts say — it’s partly due to the predominance of Aboriginal people in the north, and whites in the […]

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American bison are back, and not everyone is happy about it

January 23, 2020

The bison herds of the North American grasslands once numbered in the millions before they were hunted by white settlers to the brink of extinction.  Now, almost miraculously, there are upwards of half a million again — but this amazing conservation success story isn’t music to everyone’s ears. Dangerous interactions In the pre-colonial era, bison […]

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So you want to discover (and protect) new bird species? Here’s how to get it done.

January 21, 2020

The recent discovery of a “lost world” in the Wallacea region of Indonesia has stunned scientists and conservationists.  In the dense mountain rain forests of three remote Indonesian islands, five unknown bird species — and as many subspecies — have remained hidden until now.  The Peleng Fantail, Taliabu Grasshopper-Warbler, and other newly described birds were introduced to […]

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This new feminist anthem is bringing an anti-rape message around the world

January 16, 2020

The song became a viral phenomenon that has circled the globe — from Chile to Turkey, from Mexico to New York City.  It’s far from a bit of pop confection, however: “The Rapist in Your Path” is a full-throated cri de couer that names the state, the police, and the man on the street as […]

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American college students are being tracked across campus every day

January 14, 2020

If you are an American college student, your class attendance is likely being tracked, because, advocates say, it makes you a better student.  Yet some student and faculty groups are clamoring for greater oversight of what many see as an emerging “social credit system” that violates their privacy.   They say that these tracking programs are […]

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Don’t go snooping around Mexico’s capital city of sex trafficking

January 9, 2020

In the lurid promotional video, a Fox News reporter and her team are confronted on the streets of Tenancingo, Mexico, by a cluster of local police SUVs. Leave, the police say, or you’re going to get lynched. Sadly, Fox reporter Lara Logan is only the latest of a string of journalists who have been threatened […]

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