• Essay

    Will Squid Soon Rule the Oceans?

    After 500 Million Years, Cephalopods Are Thriving Amid Environmental Upheaval

    By Danna Staaf

    The future is full of tentacles.Even now, both giant and colossal squid writhe throughout the deep, while hooked and flying squid migrate from sea to sea in swirling swarms. Otherworldly glass squid and jewel squid proliferate in the open ocean. …

  • The Takeaway

    Depression Isn't Just a Global Epidemic. It's a Silent One.

    We Know Very Little About Depression—Except That Talking About It Will Help

    By Reed Johnson

    Depression is still the illness that dares not speak its name. Taboos persist. Social stigmas endure. Many confounding mysteries remain about exactly what causes depression and how best to treat it—even though it affects tens of millions of people worldwide, …

  • Essay

    Why Americans Insist on Putting a Price Tag on Life

    From Ben Franklin to Slavery to Reaganomics, Our Habit of Measuring Everything in Dollars and Cents

    By Eli Cook

    Everything, as they say in America, has its price. It has been found that a lack of sleep costs the American economy $411 billion a year and stress another $300 billion. Countless other studies have ...

  • In the Green Room

    UCLA Chancellor Gene Block

    Plants and Human Beings Are Profoundly Rhythmic

    Gene Block has served as UCLA chancellor since Aug. 1, 2007. He previously was vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, where he was also the Alumni Council Thomas Jefferson Professor of Biology. Chancellor Block is a distinguished …

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Why We French Canadians Are Neither French nor Canadian

An Intimate Family History of New England's Franco-Americans

By Robert B. Perreault

Whenever my family visits Québec, people other than our relatives are surprised to hear Americans—even our grandchildren, ages five and six—speak fluent French. They’re amazed to learn that French is our mother tongue and that we also speak English without a French accent. Likewise, if we leave our native New Hampshire to travel elsewhere in the United States, we get blank stares ...


When Alaskan and Russian Native People Thawed the Cold War's 'Ice Curtain'

Citizen-Diplomats on Both Sides of the Bering Strait Eased U.S.-Soviet Relations—and Could Help Confront Climate Change

By David Ramseur

As the Russian city of Provideniya’s deteriorating concrete buildings came into view below, Darlene Pungowiyi Orr felt uneasy. So did the other 81 passengers landing in that isolated far-eastern Soviet outpost in 1988. ...

Connecting California/Joe Mathews

  • New Skyscrapers in L.A. and S.F. Tell Tall Tales About California

    The Wilshire Grand and Salesforce Towers Show Corporations Still Sway the Golden State

    This is a tale of two new skyscrapers—and of two cities that have more in common than they care to admit.The Wilshire Grand Center towers 73 stories and 1,100 feet over downtown Los Angeles, making it the tallest building west …

  • What Californians Can Learn From South Korea's Nuclear Cool

    As the Golden State Frets Over North Korea's Missiles, Seoul Residents Say 'Keep Calm, Study up—and Drink'

    Can Californians learn to be as cool as Koreans in the face of nuclear annihilation?
        Visiting Seoul last week, I asked people how they stay sane while living within ...

  • How Data Is Making California's Water Wars Worse

    An Explosion of Information May Allow Californians to Track—and Fight About—Every Drop

    If you thought California’s famously bitter water wars were hard-fought, just wait until you see our water data wars.
        Californians fight over water because we all need it and there is rarely enough to satisfy the full needs of many competing interests—farmers and fishermen, ...

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