Discovery is a key to deciphering this lost Minoan language

The eccentric English architect Michael Ventris famously cracked Linear B in 1952. A new discovery is a step toward deciphering a tougher challenge: Linear A.

Andrew Trounson-Melbourne | Nov. 15, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture greece history languages

Why the Nile River hasn’t changed course in 30 million years

The path of the Nile River has remained unchanged for about 30 million years. Now scientists know why.

Monica Kortsha-Texas | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ancient-history geology mantle rivers topography

Skeletons reveal genetic history of ancient Rome

DNA from skeletons fills in gaps in our understanding of the genetic makeup of ancient Rome's population, researchers say.

Nathan Collins-Stanford | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dna history migration

‘Tear down this wall’ was almost cut from Reagan speech

President Ronald Reagan's 1987 call to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" came close to being left unsaid.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture history language rhetoric us-presidents united-states

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 | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

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

The first American Jewish literary novel is now published

"'Cosella Wayne' transforms what we know about the history of early American Jewish literature..." Its discovery was recent, as was its publication.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture history judaism literature religion

What’s the appeal of Halloween? 3 answers

Experts from history, religious studies, and the arts weigh in one the enduring appeal of Halloween.

Dulcy Isreal-NYU | Oct. 30, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture fears halloween history holidays

Coerced sterilization of Native women occurred in the 70s

In the 1970s, 25 to 42% of Native American women of childbearing age underwent sterilizations, often without consent or under duress.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture birth-control births discrimination gender genocide history indigenous-people native-americans pregnancy reproduction united-states

Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts still face huge hurdles

"...it will take more than good will to finish the unfinished business of the civil rights era. It will take activism and mobilization just as it did in the past."

James Devitt-NYU | Oct. 18, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture discrimination history immigration laws politics race segregation united-states

Good old days? Index charts national happiness since 1820

Analyzing 8 million books and 65 million newspaper articles let researchers measure national happiness levels from 1820 - 2009 for the first time.

Sheila Kiggins-Warwick | Oct. 15, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture books data-science happiness history languages money wars

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