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The Future of Liberal Arts at Harvard University
"In this new world, it was no longer clear what was liberal and what was not."
The Heartache in Universities Today
The dire threat to the liberal arts — and a Harvard professor's call to action. By Heidi Fiske.
Why women doing special projects still matters
An all-female crew rides out some heavy weather across the Atlantic to gather new data on ocean pollution. By Herbert Wright.
Reading the ocean for plastic
How to go from molecular soil biologist to Atlantic adventurer? Ask Lucy Gilliam—eco-navigator with an all female crew. By Herbert Wright.
Human Tinkering with the Beast
'Imagine an embedded neural implant operating in the brain itself. In other words, maybe we could hack the animal.' By Herbert Wright.
Must-have Brainiacs: Kevin Kelly, again . . .
. . . looks into what our connections with the machine will look like next.
Must-have Brainiacs: Kevin Kelly . . .
. . . on how technology is more than things people invent — how it's a story we're living through. First in a series.
A tangled web of drugs in your system
Crack bitch spiders in the news!
Electoral Polls & The Machinery Behind the Curtain
Why the polling industry — and the media who are their clients — need to account for what they're telling us. By Eustace Mendis.
Anticipatory Histories: Thinking Back and Forward
Hedgerows, Wild Culture,
A new book on how particular words — and the stories they tease out — can refresh our approach to environmental change. Review by Ken Worpole.
A Darwin Who Was That and More
Finally getting credit for the theory of evolution based on natural selection was only part of his story. By Graihagh Jackson
Bifocal Lens: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931)
Kicking off a new jWC department: Mining the history of cinema for great struggles of the untamed.