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Pre-Columbian civilizations, the aboriginal American Indian cultures that evolved in Mesoamerica (part of Mexico and Central America) and…
BiographyWho was Mary Somerville?
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-USZ62-51363)
Mary Somerville, British science writer whose influential works synthesized many different scientific disciplines. As a child, Fairfax had…
Vile or Visionary?: 11 Art Controversies of the Last Four Centuries
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Goliath grouper, (Epinephelus itajara), large sea bass (family Serranidae) found on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of tropical America…
“Many people live in ugly wastelands, but in the absence of imaginative standards, most of them do not even know it.”
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Carnivorous plant, any plant especially adapted for capturing and digesting insects and other animals by means of ingenious pitfalls and traps. Carnivory…
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Elephant in the Gallery: The Problem of Historic Ivory Collections
Historic artworks made of ivory, on display in many museums, have lately been implicated in debates surrounding the ravaging of elephant populations by poachers.