Beginner Japanese language learner writing Hello word in Japanese kanji characters

The Japanese Language: Context Is Everything

February 14, 2017

Japanese language is highly contextual. It’s hard to know how to say something in Japanese unless you know the details of the social context. And that reflects a long-standing Japanese concern with order, with hierarchy, and with consensus. […]

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The Balance between Predators and Prey

February 12, 2017

By Stephen Nowicki, PhD, Duke University The life-and-death balancing act between predator and prey is complicated and fascinating. Read about Ecologist Josh Van Buskirk’s classic […]

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The Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca

February 11, 2017

By John L. Esposito, Ph.D, Georgetown University The Hajj is one of the five Pillars of Islam and is probably the most well-known among non-Muslims: the pilgrimage to […]

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The Mongol Sack of Baghdad in 1258

February 9, 2017

By Eamonn Gearon, MA, Johns Hopkins University The Mongol conquest of the Abbasid Caliphate culminated in the horrific sack of Baghdad that effectively ended the Islamic […]

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What is Linguistics?

February 9, 2017

A great many things about language that seem apparent, in fact, are quite otherwise upon examination, and this is what makes linguistics a fascinating field. […]

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Food for Thought: Cooking With Onions

January 26, 2017

Around the world, cooking with onions, or alliums, is a foundation in almost every cuisine. It’s been said “What garlic is to salads, insanity is to art.” […]

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Health And Fitness

Malaria: The King of Tropical Diseases

December 15, 2016

By Anthony A. Goodman, M.D., Montana State University Malaria—a mosquito-borne infectious disease—is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions of Earth. One of a variety of tropical […]

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