Environment

Will the Sun Set on the Southern Resident Killer Whales?

A combination of food loss, activity disruption, pollution, and vessel noise is responsible for declining southern resident killer whales (SRKW) inhabiting the Pacific marginal sea bioregion containing the Strait of George, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound. But little, outside of endless debate and study, has been done to protect them. Whales in …

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Merit-Ptah: First Female Physician or Myth?

Nearly 5,000 years ago in Ancient Egypt, around 2700 BCE1, Merit-Ptah lived as the first woman doctor. Female leaders are found throughout Egyptian history; deities such as Hathor, Ma’at, and Sekhmet and political leaders like Cleopatra. Unlike in Greece and Rome, women in Egypt had equal rights. According to Massive Science, “they [women] could own …

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Are Halloween Pumpkins a Problem for the Planet? by Aalia Mauro

After the trick-or-treaters have gone home, what becomes of the Halloween pumpkins that have outlived their decorative purpose?     You might be tempted just to throw them all away—and that’s certainly what many people do. Every year, more than 1 billion pounds of pumpkin get tossed out and left to rot in America’s landfills. Some are …

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The Zapatistas: Sailing to Spain

“The voices of indigenous people in Mexico have been either passively ignored or brutally silenced for most of the last five hundred years. Indigenous lands and resources have been repeatedly stolen and the people themselves exploited under some of the worst labor conditions in Mexico. The official policies of the Mexican state have been largely …

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