Bird Fact Friday— Oilbird and Potoos

Adapted from pages 80-81 Birds of Central America: The Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis) is a large, nocturnal, frugivorous bird with no close relatives. Found in Central and Southern America, these poorly known birds are perhaps a … [Read More...]

T. L. Taylor on Watch Me Play: #Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming

Every day thousands of people broadcast their gaming live to audiences over the internet using popular sites such as Twitch, which reaches more than one hundred million viewers a month. In these new platforms for interactive entertainment, big … [Read More...]

Qualification, Exclusion, and the Art of Bill Traylor

by Leslie Umberger Bill Traylor, regarded today as one of America’s most important artists, was born into an enslaved family in rural Alabama around 1853. Traylor and his family continued to work as farm laborers after Emancipation, work that … [Read More...]

Helena Rosenblatt on The Lost History of Liberalism

The Lost History of Liberalism challenges our most basic assumptions about a political creed that has become a rallying cry—and a term of derision—in today’s increasingly divided public square. Taking readers from ancient Rome to today, Helena … [Read More...]

Galápagos: Animals Interacting

Adapted from pages 172-183 of Galápagos: Life in Motion: Galápagos animals strive to cope with their harsh environment. This often means struggling to find food when it is scarce, hiding from predators, and finding a … [Read More...]

Bird Fact Friday—Tinamous

Adapted from pages 28-29 of Birds of Central America: Tinamous are short-tailed, terrestrial birds, found mainly in humid broadleaf forest. They are sensitive to hunting pressure and can be difficult to see as they quickly walk … [Read More...]

Leslie Umberger on Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) came to art-making on his own and found his creative voice without guidance; today he is remembered as a renowned American artist. Traylor's experiences spanned multiple worlds—black and white, rural and urban, old and … [Read More...]

10 facts about the color black

Black—favorite color of priests and penitents, artists and ascetics, fashion designers and fascists—has always stood for powerfully opposed ideas: authority and humility, sin and holiness, rebellion and conformity, wealth and poverty, good and bad. … [Read More...]

On the Future by Martin Rees