Jessica Christine Lai (Luzern): The Protection of Maori Cultural Heritage: Post-Endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Maori Culture in the Modern World: Its Creation, Appropriation and Trade. DNA sequencing of a 100-year-old lock of hair has established Aboriginal Australians have had a longer continuous association with the land than any other race of people. Australia’s aborigines and occupied land: More moves towards restitution for native Australians. A review of Seeds of Empire: The Environmental Transformation of New Zealand by Tom Brooking and Eric Pawson. Last month saw the death of the Australian Literary Review, the monthly literary and intellectual supplement to The Australian. Want to know what global warming has in store for us? Just go to Australia, where rivers are drying up, reefs are dying, and fires and floods are ravaging the continent. A review of Looking for the Light on the Hill: Modern Labor’s Challenges by Troy Bramston. Eddie Walsh on why Oceania matters. Is New Zealand too orderly, tidy and tame? There was, as there always is in Fondlelandia, a happy if somewhat moist ending.
Russell K. Robinson (UC-Berkeley): Masculinity as Prison: Sexual Identity, Race, and Incarceration. Navigating knowledge: Is "creative nonfiction" a contradiction in terms? From the Phyllis Schlafly Report, a look at how the UN is scheming to tax Americans; and a look at what's coming up in 2012. At what point did it begin to matter what you wore? Ulinka Rublack looks at why the Renaissance was a turning point in people’s attitudes to clothes and their appearance. A review of Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750-1790 by Jonathan Israel. At Davos, leaders are debating whether corporations are more powerful than governments. How many Stephen Colberts are there? Jesse David Fox on the rise and fall and fall and fall of hipster bashing. Here are 119 amazing facts for National Trivia Day. From Owni, a look at 12 great visualizations that made history. Gay Talese on the double life of literati: There is no such thing as absolute truth — every sentence, every article is an editorial choice. A brief history of Big Think: Celebrating 4 years. That hideous strength: Satan is a Democrat, it is the blue states that are red, and the Evil Empire strikes back.
From The Philosopher, the history of science is often depicted as a series of progressive triumphs - but is that view a myth or a reality? Roger Highfield argues that the modern scientific method, an unending dialogue between theory and experiment, is the greatest of all inventions. Trials and errors: Jonah Lehrer on why science is failing us. Just-if-ication: Raam Gokhale on a discussion of scientific reasoning. Collaborators from national laboratories, universities, and international organizations are using the National Ignition Facility to probe key fundamental science questions. Rereading Darwin: Science now takes for granted the importance of forces and time spans we can’t perceive directly. If, in some cataclysm, all scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? King of the Cosmos: Carl Zimmer profiles Neil deGrasse Tyson. Disgrace: Charles Gross on Marc Hauser and a case of scientific misconduct at Harvard. A review of Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything by Margaret Wertheim.