Once thought to date back to the Iron Age, some human-made islands in Scottish lochs may have been built in the Neolithic era.
Around 11 million acres of land has been stolen from black Americans—much of it in the past 50 years.
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Microbiologists warn that climate change could wreak havoc on microbes—which are needed for, among other things, producing oxygen.

At black and Puerto Rican bars, parties, and picnics in New York City, “people had to provide their own entertainment. All the queens lip-synced and vogued—though I don’t think we had a word for voguing.”

Nicole Pasulka on the history of lip-sync performances in the drag world.

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Paintings of fires—some close, some in the distance—blend realism and post-impressionism styles, by Daliah Anmar.
After a two-year increase in auto fatalities, deaths decreased last year—possibly due to improved safety technologies in new cars.
All of the Democratic presidential candidates, save Biden, answer simple questions on camera.
"That’s what it was: a genocide. No other way to describe it." Gavin Newsom apologizes to California’s Native Americans.

It's only a promo video for a fashion show—Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, in Brexit-era London—but still it's beguiling to watch ‘80s club kids conjured up for today.

A study finds that Facebook posts, when combined with demographic data, improve predictions for 18 of 21 diseases.
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter takes a picture of a new impact crater.
"If you care to look, you will see so much." London photographer Liz Johnson reflects on documenting the black diaspora.
William Langewiesche goes deep on Malaysia's missing flight 370, finding more riddles with the police than in the sea.

To My Boys: Never work in coal mines. Henry, and you Condy, be good boys and stay with your mother and live for Jesus.

Letters from Tennessee miners written while they were trapped underground in 1902.

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The Vatican will consider ordaining older married men to address a shortage in clergy.
The Supreme Court could stand to learn from census field researchers tracking "hidden homes" in California.

Democratizing China as a whole? It is important for Westerners to step out of their bubbles and consider exactly why so many Chinese are simply not looking in that direction.

Protests in Hong Kong: great. But the Chinese Communist Party is remarkably popular inside China.

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The number of people displaced worldwide by war, persecution, and violence would amount to the world’s 20th most populous country.