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How the mosquito changed human history—for better and for worse
How belief in biological racial difference pollutes the world of science, from eugenics to genetics
Could human partnership be the secret to saving this Asian giant?
Linguist Gretchen McCulloch on the new rules of language
What one woman’s life between two countries can teach us about the humanitarian crisis at the border
Chronicling the disappearance of a remote Papua New Guinean tongue—and everything else that goes with it
How true crime stories were used to fan the flames of homophobia—and let killers get away with murder
How car culture swallowed America
The first biography of Geoffrey Chaucer in a generation explores the places that inspired the English poet
How 19th-century beef created modern America