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Issue 23: Links to amazing stuff

When Whites Were Not White

We of pale skin assume that our skin color is natural—or maybe has just always been that way. According to recent research, however, Europeans were not always as white as we are today.

Seeing Is Sometimes Skin Deep

Speaking of skin, it's a good thing that we don't use it to see. Because of both modesty and climate, we cover our skin with garments, so we'd be in the dark most of the time. That's ...

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Issue 23 / May 28, 2015
  1. Editors’ Note

    Issue 23: When the heart stops, poetry by Luci Shaw, the glory of an orchestra, and Harriet Tubman.

  2. Even Arteries Need a Sabbath

    How the heart sustains itself over the 2.5 billion beats of a lifetime. /

  3. The Precise Magic of the Symphony

    The modern orchestra produces order out of chaos, and something beautiful for the heart. /

  4. Black Moses

    The mystical faith and no-nonsense tactics of the Underground Railroad’s most famous leader. /

  5. What Secret Purple Wisdom

    ‘un-terrestrial pulse, deep as heaven, that folds you’ /

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