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January 2018

The 19th-Century Woman Journalist Who Made Congress Bow Down in Fear

The 19th-Century Woman Journalist Who Made Congress Bow Down in Fear

In 1829, more than a century after Grace Sherwood had been plunged into the Lynnhaven River in Virginia in what is generally considered the last American witch trial, a bedraggled Anne Royall took the stand at the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia to face charges of being an…

When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity

When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity

Like viewers using an old-fashioned stereoscope, historians look at the past from two slightly different angles—then and now. The past is its own country, different from today. But we can only see that past world from our own present. And, as in a stereoscope, the two views merge.I have been…

Scientists Find That Water Might Exist in a Whole New State

Scientists Find That Water Might Exist in a Whole New State

One of the most basic things we are taught in school science classes is that water can exist in three different states, either as solid ice, liquid water, or vapour gas. But an international team of scientists have recently found signs that liquid water might actually come in two different…

Wooster Geology at AGU 2017

Wooster Geology at AGU 2017

The Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Dr. Karen AlleyThree Wooster Geologists (Dr. Karen Alley, Dr. Alex Crawford, and senior Geology major Cole Jimerson) descended on New Orleans last week to attend the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. With 20 to 25 thousand attendees each year, this…


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A Gentile’s Guide to Keeping Kosher for Passover

A Gentile’s Guide to Keeping Kosher for Passover

The Torah couldn’t make things any clearer. From Exodus 12:14 and 15: “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast. Seven days you shall eat…

Geology Makes the Mayon Volcano Visually Spectacular—And Dangerously Explosive

Geology Makes the Mayon Volcano Visually Spectacular—And Dangerously Explosive

Last weekend, the Philippines' most active—and attractive—volcano, Mount Mayon, roared back to life. The 8,070-foot volcano began releasing spurts of incandescent molten rock and spewing clouds of smoke and ash into the sky, causing over 30,000 local residents to evacuate the region. By the morning of January 18, the gooey…

How a Tree and Its Moth Shaped the Mojave Desert

How a Tree and Its Moth Shaped the Mojave Desert

But in the vast world of plants and their pollinators, there was one example that Darwin deemed the “most wonderful case of fertilisation ever published” in a letter to botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker. This was the curious case of the Joshua tree and the yucca moth. We’ll start with the Joshua…

Stanford Researchers Map the Feelings Associated With Different Parts of London

Stanford Researchers Map the Feelings Associated With Different Parts of London

How do cities make us feel? Does the Champs-Élysées elicit happy emotions? Does the East River generate fear?  A new project from Stanford’s Literary Lab attempts to show how British novels of the 18th and 19th century portrayed different parts of London, giving a peek into how readers might have viewed those…

These Locally Grown Design Ideas Were Created by the People for the People

These Locally Grown Design Ideas Were Created by the People for the People

While the bruising 2016 election has kept attention on how leaders in Washington, D.C. will address issues such as health care or climate change, a new exhibition looks at these concerns from a more bottom-up, community-focused perspective.The exhibition, the third in a series on sustainable design, spotlights 60 projects across…

The World’s Biggest and Smallest Animals Face Greatest Risk of Extinction

The World’s Biggest and Smallest Animals Face Greatest Risk of Extinction

Many scientists believe that a sixth mass extinction is underway, placing three-quarters of the Earth’s species at risk of “biological annihilation.” And to avoid this catastrophic future, the only hope may be learning what species face the greatest threats and why. So a team of international researchers tackled the question, analyzing…

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