What powers does the President have in a crisis?

A legal historian and constitutional law scholar discusses the role of executive power in addressing the coronavirus crisis.

Stanford
March 27, 2020 | futurity

~1 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine society-and-culture covid-19 history laws us-presidents united-states

How a yellow fever outbreak reshaped New Orleans

A 19th-century outbreak of yellow fever in New Orleans created an elite class while it also "exacted a devastating social cost for large swaths of society."

Melissa De Witte-Stanford
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine covid-19 epidemics history united-states viruses yellow-fever

Is it time to consider universal basic income?

Will the coronavirus pandemic cause US policymakers to think more about providing a universal basic income for Americans? A historian thinks so.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~1 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture covid-19 government history money

Noblewoman really wanted to play donkey polo in the afterlife

Animal bones in a tomb provide the first physical evidence of donkey polo in Imperial China, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
March 19, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture archaeology burials china history sports

Hard-working scientists are better role models than ‘natural geniuses’

Scientists who worked hard through struggles are more motivating as role models than scientists who people see as naturally brilliant, researchers say.

Katie Bohn-Penn State
March 11, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture history motivation scientists stem-careers

Hard-working scientists are better role models than ‘natural geniuses’

Scientists who worked hard through struggles are more motivating as role models than scientists who people see as naturally brilliant, researchers say.

Katie Bohn-Penn State
March 11, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture history motivation scientists stem-careers

These ostrich eggshell beads were social currency

People traded beads made from ostrich eggshells in vast exchange networks in Africa, researchers find. The practice was a way to maintain relationships.

U. Michigan
March 11, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture africa ancient-history anthropology birds jewelry money shells

Spin and explore one of the world’s oldest globes

The Hunt-Lenox Globe is also one of the first to show the New World. See the 3D digital model up close, including its warning that "here be dragons."

Kathleen McGarvey-Rochester
Feb. 28, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture history imaging-technology maps museums

How would reparations for African Americans actually work?

Sandy Darity is an expert on the feasability of reparations, but he was once skeptical of their practicality. Here's his plan for making them happen.

Duke University
Feb. 24, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture discrimination history money race-and-ethnicity slavery united-states

African Americans forged free lives in Civil War refugee camps

Civil War refugee camps, where many African Americans lived just before the end of slavery, show "how African Americans made and lived out freedom on their own terms."

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis
Feb. 19, 2020 | futurity

~12 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture history race-and-ethnicity refugees slavery us-civil-war united-states

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