In the winter of 1933, the world ‘turned inward’

A new book chronicles the winter of 1933, when nations began to turn inward toward nationalism and isolationism and the world edged closer to war again.

Jarret Bencks-Brandeis • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics history europe united-states featured society-and-culture wars

Historian: VE Day highlights complex legacies of WWII

For VE Day, a historian looks back on what we should remember and what we've forgotten about the day the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's surrender.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: history world-war-ii democracy featured society-and-culture wars

If nuclear war blocks the sun, ocean life is in trouble

A nuclear war that cooled Earth down could be dire for the world's oceans, particularly in terms of worsening ocean acidification.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 5, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change oceans nuclear-weapons featured earth-and-environment wars

Artifacts hint at life along WWII escape route in Croatia

Archaeologists are illustrating parallels between the WWII era and today by finding and documenting objects left behind by modern-day refugees in Croatia.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Jan. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: history archaeology migration europe refugees society-and-culture wars

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

7 ways grief affects veterans

Though there's been a lot of research on PTSD and the toll of war, little research has focused on grief among veterans. A new study identifies seven themes.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine • futurity
Nov. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: depression suicide emotions health-and-medicine military veterans post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd wars

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 • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~5 min

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

India-Pakistan nuclear war would threaten the entire world

100 milion people could die immediately in a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, but that would just be the beginning.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 3, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: death india nuclear-weapons pakistan featured society-and-culture wars

Here’s what would follow US-Russia nuclear war

What would happen if the US and Russia went to war with nuclear weapons? Well, first, the world would get very, very cold. And that's just the beginning.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 28, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: crops nuclear-weapons society-and-culture earth-and-environment wars famine

Massive wildfire cloud sheds light on nuclear war’s impact

Wildfires in British Columbia in 2017 caused the formation of a cloud so big that scientists say it will help them model the effects of a nuclear war.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 8, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: wildfire smoke nuclear-weapons ozone science-and-technology wars soot

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