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Protector in chief: Theodore Roosevelt with conservationist John Muir at Yosemite in 1906. U.S. Library of Congress

Who politicized the environment and climate change?

Historically, environmental causes enjoyed bipartisan support but gains by NGOs and the emergence of climate change as a social issue have created a sharp political divide.
A ‘flat-Earth’ map drawn by Orlando Ferguson in 1893. This rendering of a flat Earth still gets some truck today. Wikimedia/Orlando Ferguson

Flat wrong: the misunderstood history of flat Earth theories

We often hear that most people throughout history believed the world was flat. But that's not entirely true.
Entrance to the gate of Nimrod, destroyed by the IS group and digitally reconstructed as part of Project Mosul. Model by ruimx from photos at projectmosul.org

Preservationists race to capture cultural monuments with 3D images

Researchers are making 3D scans, architectural plans and detailed photographic records of cultural heritage sites around the world, knowing they could be destroyed at any time.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was often referred to as the Bureau of Livestock and Mining in the 19th century. U.S. Bureau of Land Management

The twisted roots of U.S. land policy in the West

What explains the anger behind the Malheur occupation in Oregon, and why does the BLM own so much land in the West?
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is part of a complicated history of land in the western US. US Fish and Wildlife Service

Malheur occupation in Oregon: whose land is it really?

Like much federal land in the US West, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has a long history tied to Native Americans’ plight and conflicts between settlers and the federal government.
Eddie Redmayne stars as Lili Elbe.

The Danish Girl: all skirt and no substance

The film tells the story of Lili Elbe, who was one of the first people to receive sexual reassignment surgery. Sadly, the film barely scratches the surface of the real story.
Ada Lovelace circa 1842, daguerreotype by Antoine Claudet. Reproduced by permission of G C Bond

Mathematical winters: Ada Lovelace, 200 years on

This extraordinary individual defied the constraints of her time and gave a remarkable and farseeing account of computation.
A postcard depicts Adolf Hitler posing with a child and a Christmas tree.

How the Nazis co-opted Christmas

Through the Nazification of Christmas, the regime was able to gain the support of ordinary Germans.

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