How DNA ancestry testing can turn our notions of race and ethnicity upside down
Too Big to Fail Becomes Too Big to Jail: an Update
Universities face problems that Christopher Lasch identified 34 years ago. Has the time come to fix them?
Driving through postwar Yugoslavia was nearly impossible, but a young poet and his new wife struggled through the desolate landscape to Athens
A Rachel Carson essay teaches a new mother how to imbue her growing child with an awe for nature
With purple prose and oversaturated images, National Geographic reimagined postwar America as a dreamspace of hope and fascination
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Fifty years ago this week, when Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, the moment represented years of work and technical accomplishment. But it also left NASA struggling with a daunting new challenge: figuring out what to do next. Over the years, it has answered this question in part by highlighting the dizzying array of inventions it has inspired—some 1,500 a year. “Besides rocket science itself, perhaps the biggest thing people fail to understand about the agency is how its work has reverberated throughout the world in ways we experience directly every day,” writes Isabelle Taft. “It’s a mark of the agency’s enduring influence that even if we never make it there, we’re already living in a society forged by outer space.”
When a novice writer received a letter from Jacques Barzun, asking her to write a book, how could she have known what she was in for?
Setting off on footpaths both well-trod and forgotten
A bioethicist and his creation
Intelligence isn’t just for humans
A scholar broadens the canon
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