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Wonder on the Web Issue 30: Links to amazing stuff /

The Eye of the Tiger

We’re all about eyes at The Behemoth (i.e., our logo). Recently, scientists have made great gains in learning about how “eye shapes of the animal world hint at differences in our lifestyles.” Predator or prey? You’ll have to click through to see. The tiger’s pupil shape actually comes as a bit of a surprise.

Telling the Story of Katrina, Ten Years Later

We probably all remember where we were when Hurricane Katrina hit. I (Andie, the editor writing this roundup) was in high school in Houston, a city that received as many as a quarter of a million of New Orleans’s evacuees, whose makeshift home was the Astrodome, our arena. (Eventually, I met many of them as they settled and filtered into our suburban school system.) Ten years later, the media is full of the stories of those affected by the hurricane and the city it left behind: some hopeful, some dark. Worth reviewing: A photographer returns to capture and compare the scenes of devastation he shot a decade ago; a science lab works to save a sinking coast and prevent further disasters; poets "try to keep it in the public consciousness"; a journalist looks at what happens when families leave impoverished areas.

Persecuted, but Not Abandoned

Internationally, what keeps victims of persecution, displacement, and violence going? Well, faith helps, apparently. Religious freedom advocate Kristen Lundquist writes:

For people of faith, the stories, practices, rituals, and communities give us the framework and language to understand ourselves and our situations. . . . During systemic conflict, we find the most effective source of resilience comes from: space to remember and celebrate their faith and heritage; platforms to ...

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Also in this Issue

Issue 30 / September 3, 2015
  1. Editor’s Note

    Issue 30: Picturing plankton, the rarely told story of the first missionary to the Muslims, and the arresting burning bush. /

  2. The Drifters

    Plankton planet: Meet the creatures who make up 98 percent of the oceans’ biomass. /

  3. Before We Conquer, Have We Tried Love and Prayers?

    Remembering the first missionary to Muslims, 700 years after his death. /

  4. Stay By the Fire

    The God who makes himself known as flame wants to hold our gaze. /

  5. The New Creation

    ‘A choir of a thousand tongues / singing we’ll no longer toil.’ /

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