Study offers clues to how climate affected 1918 pandemic

A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology history environments-sustainability alvin-powell michael-mccormick spanish-flu rainfall world-war-i alexander-more initiative-for-the-science-of-the-human-past long-island-university nottingham-university paul-mayewski university-of-maine

10 misconceptions about the 1918 flu, the 'greatest pandemic in history'

The so-called 'Spanish flu' didn't actually come from Spain. What else do people often misunderstand about this famous crisis?

Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University • conversation
March 17, 2020 ~9 min

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WWI helmet beats modern ones at shock wave protection

The French Adrian military helmet from WWI outdid modern helmets in shock wave tests—a surprising result that could improve today's military equipment.

Ken Kingery-Duke • futurity
Feb. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: history brains world-war-i featured health-and-medicine injuries military

How Einstein’s work survived ‘scientific nationalism’ of WWI

A historian explains how war and politics almost overshadowed Albert Einstein's work and why Veterans Day should remind us of the threat of nationalism.

Robert Polner-NYU • futurity
Nov. 7, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: history science world-war-i society-and-culture wars nationalism albert-einstein

New book revives ‘Western Front’ author’s lost WWI stories

A new book brings readers eight forgotten short stories by famed German war writer Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front.

Niv M. Sultan-NYU • futurity
Jan. 22, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: history literature world-war-i books society-and-culture wars

How black World War I vets shaped the civil rights movement

"World War I was in many ways the beginning of the 20th-century civil rights movement."

Jarret Bencks-Brandeis • futurity
Nov. 9, 2018 ~1 min

Tags: history world-war-i featured society-and-culture veterans

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