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- The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date: Samuel Arbesman October 28, 2020
- Footprints of War: Militarized Landscapes in Vietnam (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books): David Biggs October 28, 2020
- Disturbed Forests, Fragmented Memories: Jarai and Other Lives in the Cambodian Highlands (Culture, Place, and Nature): Jonathan Padwe, K. Sivaramakrishnan October 28, 2020
- Bomb Children: Life in the Former Battlefields of Laos: Leah Zani October 28, 2020
- The Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development October 28, 2020
- Introduction to 3D Modeling and Scanning, Fall 2020 Digital Scholarship Workshop October 28, 2020
- Hist Lit Research Process: Finding Historical Maps October 28, 2020
- Information Literacy for the Historian October 28, 2020
- Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It: Tom Philpott October 28, 2020
- Full Interview: Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy | The 11th Hour | MSNBC October 27, 2020
- Why Are Christian Leaders Walking Away from Their Faith? October 27, 2020
- Scientists measuring marine health as metric for climate change October 27, 2020
- Does Nigeria Need Restructuring? What Are The Major Problems Of Nigeria? #ENDSARS October 27, 2020
- The Blacks in Canada: A History: Robin W. Winks October 27, 2020
- Sen. Whitehouse Gives Presentation On ‘Dark Money’ Influence On Supreme Court Nomination | MSNBC October 26, 2020
- Amy Coney Barrett refuses to tell Kamala Harris if she thinks climate change is happening October 26, 2020
- WATCH: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s opening statement in Barrett Supreme Court confirmation hearing October 26, 2020
- WATCH: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse speaks during hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett October 26, 2020
- The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade October 26, 2020
- New Report Highlights,30 Recommendations to Make,Coastal Communities More Resilient October 26, 2020
- Environmental Humanities – Yale October 26, 2020
- Trump administration says coronavirus pandemic will not be contained October 25, 2020
- Food Futures: The Choices Facing Us Now October 25, 2020
- Christian Leaders Speak Out Against The President | Morning Joe | MSNBC October 25, 2020
- TRUMP SLAMS REPORTER, WALKS OUT OF 60 MINUTES INTERVIEW | ticker October 25, 2020
- Cohen: ‘There Will Never Be A Peaceful Transition Of Power’ | MSNBC October 25, 2020
- Expert on Trump’s Executive Order Enabling Him To Fire Fauci | MSNBC October 25, 2020
- OUR FUTURE OUR PLANET: FEATURING MARK RUFFALO (8PM ET) October 25, 2020
- Textiles in the West African Coastal Trade Prior to to European Economic Penetration & Displacement October 25, 2020
- Hunting ‘Death’ – Boko Haram | Short Doc October 25, 2020
- Trump’s America | DW Documentar y October 25, 2020
- Christopher de la Torre – IMDb October 25, 2020
- “It’s Criminal”: Biden Slams Trump as Gov’t Can’t Find Parents of 54 5 Children Separated At Border October 25, 2020
- Trump Lies About COVID-19 Risks & Vaccine at Debate as Pandemic Is Tied to 300K Excess U.S. Deaths October 25, 2020
- Why scientists are so worried about this glacier October 25, 2020
- Why American public transit is so bad | 2020 Election October 25, 2020
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — October 23, 2020 October 24, 2020
- The Future Tsunami That Could Destroy the US East Coast October 23, 2020
- What is Climate Change? | Start Here October 23, 2020
- #AGU20: What to expect from Fall Meeting October 23, 2020
- SHE IS THE OCEAN – virtual Bay Area premiere October 23, 2020
- SHE IS THE OCEAN – Official Trailer October 23, 2020
- The Vow: Official Trailer | HBO October 23, 2020
- The Square Official Trailer #1 (2013) – Documentary October 23, 2020
- The Great Hack | Official Trailer | Netflix October 23, 2020
- Researchers unveil roadmap for a carbon neutral China by 2060 – China Dialogue October 23, 2020
- Uncle Juan Carlos: A Preventable COVID-19 Tragedy • Vote 2020 October 22, 2020
- Highlights of Donald Trump’s Leaked Interview with ’60 Minutes’ | NowThis October 22, 2020
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — October 22, 2020 October 22, 2020
- “A Barrett Confirmation Is a Catastrophe”: What Democrats Can Do to Block Trump’s Supreme Court Pick October 22, 2020
Daily Archives: February 19, 2018
Kirk Carapezza March 31, 2016
In an essay published in Harvard’s student-run newspaper The Crimson, Harvard President Drew Faust argued the university must recognize its ties to the slave trade, writing that “the presence and contributions of people of African descent at Harvard is still an untold story.”
President Faust says the university will recognize four slaves who lived and worked in Wadsworth Hall – the second oldest building at Harvard – with a plaque. The university will also host a conference on higher education and slavery next March.
“I think it’s an important first step,” said MIT Historian Craig Steven Wilder, the author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.
Wilder says the majority of the country’s top colleges founded during the Colonial period were built, partly, on American slavery.
“Every school from Harvard to Dartmouth. There are eight Ivy League schools. Seven of them were founded in the Colonial period, and they’re founded with wealth drawn from the slave trade or from human slavery – plantation slavery,” said Wilder, adding that more needs to be done to recognize that history. “I think it’s important to open up that conversation because when we change the way we think about their history, we also change the way we think about their possibilities today,” he said.
Faust’s acknowledgment follows the recent announcement that Harvard Law School will change its shield, which resembles the family crest of a slaveholder who was an early donor to the school.
The Real Truth About Health
Published on Dec 25, 2017
With the rising temps recently this is causing the arctic to slowly lose its ice cover. Today’s expert panel discusses what could happen if the retreating ice causes a methane eruption. Panel Participants: John Englander, Helen Caldicott, M.D., Seth B. Darling, Ph.D.
University of California Television (UCTV)
Published on May 23, 2016
(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes filmmaker Oliver Stone for a discussion of his career as director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone describes formative experiences, talks about different aspects of the filmmaking process including working with actors, writing screenplays, and postproduction. He focuses on the themes that have drawn him, and emphasizes the distinction between a historian and dramatist who works with historical materials. He concludes with a discussion of recent works including Alexander and the 10-part documentary on The Untold History of the United States. Recorded on 04/22/2016. Series: “Conversations with History” [6/2016] [Humanities] [Show
Cape Town, South Africa, has been in the news a lot lately, due to its water crisis, labeled “Day Zero.”
But what exactly does the term mean? How did a water crisis like this came about, how bad is it, and is it a portent of the future for other cities? Are major cities expected to be in this predicament—and what can we do about it? Are there any lessons the whole experience may hold for those of us living in other parts of the world?
To answer these questions and more, the Bulletin’s Dan Drollette interviewed scientist and water conservation specialist Peter Gleick, who received a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship for his work on the consequences of climate change for water resources, and the risks of conflicts over water. Gleick helped to define basic water needs and the human right to water—work that has been used by the United Nations and in human rights court cases. He has pioneered and advanced the concepts of the “soft path for water” and “peak water,” and founded the Pacific Institute.
Published on May 24, 2016
David Montgomery, co-author of The Hidden Half of Nature and Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington, describes the amazing symbioses between plants and microbes in the soil. To watch more interviews visit: soilsolution.org/interviews/ Transcript: Over the last 20 or 30 years we’ve learned a lot about the role of soil life in soil fertility. Particularly the role that microbial life plays in helping to make nutrients that are in that mineral part of the soil available to plants that can take them up as nutrients. The arguments about sort of what frames soil fertility go way back through history. Obviously people have long thought about the mystery of fertility. Early on in our history we deified fertility, ascribed it to the workings of the gods.
Today we’ve come almost to the opposite end of the spectrum in thinking of microbial life as the great engines driving fertility in the soil, helping to facilitate the breakdown of organic matter—dead things in the soil—that contain the nutrients that used to be alive that can be recycled into new life if only they could be unlocked from that organic matter. And, also from the mineral matter. Now, we can’t eat rocks, right? But if you look at what makes up our bodies, other than the carbon, the nitrogen, and the water, all the other sort of minor elements that are so critical to our health ultimately all are derived from rocks.
Plants can’t eat rocks either. What does? Microbes. The microbes are incredibly important. That soil life, the invisible part, the hidden half of nature we can’t see with our own senses is the part of soil life that really helps bring out the fertility in natural soils and facilitates that with plants. One of the truly amazing things that’s been speculated about for over a century but has really been documented in the last couple decades is the degree to which microbial life forms partnerships with plants. True symbioses between the microbial life living in the root zone, or the rhizosphere of the soil—sort of, close to plant roots—how those microbes are exchanging nutrients with plants for the benefit of both. Plants of course have a monopoly on photosynthesis.
They can take sunlight and turn it into complex organic molecules. Turns out that they’ll pump a surprising amount of that stuff out of their roots into the soil. I was trained to think of soil, or roots, as straws—things that draw material out of the soil for the benefit of plant nutrition. But it turns out they’re two-way streets. They’re putting out material into the soil. Why would they do that? Why would they waste all that energy? Well they’re not wasting it. It’s to feed the microbes that are actually providing the plants with things in return. Things like phosphorous, zinc, manganese, the micronutrients that help facilitate plant health. But they’re also producing things like plant-growth promoting hormones.
Why would microbes do that? Well, in exchange for sugars and other exudates that plants put out through their roots. And that partnership, the partnership between mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria and plants goes back to the very first plants that colonized the continents. The first fossils that we know of from some 450 million years ago, of plants on land, actually have mycorrhizal fungi entangled with the roots. The microbes colonized the continents first and helped the plants come ashore.