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History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

By Editors' Choice

By Garikai Chengu —  Four hundred and eight years ago today King Phillip III of Spain signed an order, which was one of the earliest examples of ethnic cleansing. At the height of the Spanish inquisition, King Phillip III ordered the expulsion of 300,000 Muslim Moriscos, which initiated one of the most brutal and tragic episodes in the history of Spain. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it was ancient Africans that…

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Breakthrough: The Killer Snail Chemist — Mandë Holford Ph.D., Biochemist

By Video/Audio

Video Description: These aren’t your ordinary garden snails. Tiny cone snails may boast delicate and gorgeous shells, but they pack a powerful—and lethal—punch. The snails’ venom can be fatal to various fish and even humans. But it could also offer a potential cure. Mandë Holford, a biochemist at Hunter College and the American Museum of Natural History, works with a team to investigate the snails’ venom and look for compounds that could be used to treat pain and cancer. Ancient cultures have traditionally used their natural environment to look for cures for the things that ail them, she explains. Now, researchers are investigating how “nature’s deadliest cocktail” could create new pathways for treating old problems.

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DNA African Americans slavery reparations

How DNA and ‘recreational genealogy’ is making a case for reparations for slavery

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Jonathan Freedland  In an interview at Columbia University, where she’s dean of social science, Nelson described DNA as containing a social power as well as a biological one. “We think it offers a lot of answers on things that ail us,” Nelson said. She wanted to expand the kinds of problems DNA could answer beyond those of individual health or biology to include “social and political problems, which have…

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