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Nature’s Remedies: The Environmental Impact of Chinese Medicine in the Global Medical Marketplace

Tamara Venit Shelton— Nearly three years ago, on January 18, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the World Health Organization and presented a traditional bronze statue used to identify acupuncture points on the human body. The gift was part of the Chinese government’s ongoing campaign to promote Traditional Chinese Medicine,

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Charles Darwin, Tortoise Hunter?

Elizabeth Hennessy— On a sunny day in October 1835, a twenty-six-year-old Charles Darwin hiked from the parched coast of Santiago Island in the Galápagos archipelago to the island’s green, damp highlands. After a long walk, he sat in the shade and watched the island’s giant tortoises as they ambled along

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Gap Analysis, Conservation and Mike Scott

Daniel Lewis— Nature might not actually abhor a vacuum, as it turns out, but humans abhor a gap in nature. Studying birds take place both in the wild and in the laboratory, and it ranges from sweaty, difficult and dangerous physical work to classroom and laboratory settings where the physical

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Ep. 41 – Saving Lake Superior

The story of Lake Superior’s conservation recovery and what it can teach us in the face of climate change

The Truth About Ivory and Terrorism

Rosaleen Duffy— Since 2013 claims have been circulating that ivory is a major source of funding for Al Shabaab in Somalia, and it has even been called the “white gold of jihad.” This is a powerful message—and one that is promoted by some wildlife conservation organisations, representatives in the US

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Saving Puffins: A Conversation with Stephen Kress

Stephen W. Kress is the National Audubon Society’s Vice President for Bird Conservation and director of the Audubon Seabird Restoration Program and Hog Island Audubon Camp. He is the author of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock. We recently had the chance to ask

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How to Love the Uncuddly and Endangered Double-Crested Cormorant

Jennifer Doerr— As long as I can remember, I’ve loved birds.  As a child, I would spend long stretches of time planted, crossed-legged on the floor, in front of our glass sliders. I was waiting for the sudden, magical arrival of birds—chickadees, cardinals, juncos, goldfinches, blue jays, Carolina wrens, tufted

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May Goodreads Giveaways

This month, we’re giving away three books on Goodreads – Michael S. Roth‘s Beyond The University, Linda R. Wires‘ The Double-Crested Cormorant and Becoming Freud, by Adam Phillips. Whether you’re hoping to read about American intellectual history, conservation biology, the art of biography and psychoanalysis, or just something fascinating and altogether different, we’ve got plenty of books

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On Creating Facture, the National Gallery of Art’s New Conservation Journal: Privileged Intimacy with Great Works

Daphne Barbour and Melanie Gifford–   Those of us who spend our time closely studying works of art know that shiver of recognition: the moment we realize that we’re looking through the microscope at fingerprints—Jan van Eyck’s?—tapped into wet paint almost 600 years ago. It feels as though we’re looking

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Akiko Busch on Citizen Science: An Excerpt from The Incidental Steward

Akiko Busch’s new book, The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science, plots the course of one individual and her interactions with the natural world. While most of her work is related to saving the Hudson River, this book works to understand all forms of citizen science, from community clean up

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