A new issue of Arctic and North is out. Michael Burger (Roger Williams): The Last, Last Frontier. Asya Pereltsvaig on the growing importance of the Arctic Council. Dru Oja Jay on Nunavut and the future of Canada's Arctic: Inuit challenge Canadian government over failures on Nunavut deal's 20th anniversary. You can download The Fast Changing Arctic: Rethinking Arctic Security for a Warmer World, ed. Barry Scott Zellen. Suzanne on a new use for drones — studying the Arctic: Researchers and universities are using the planes to track the environment, from oil spills to Arctic melt. If you were a pilot flying low over the Arctic, this is what you'd see. The Big Melt: Andrew Curry on the race to find, and save, ancient artifacts emerging from glaciers and ice patches in a warming world. The North Pole isn't melting, but parts of Siberia are baking and burning. Russia moves to promote northeast passage through Arctic Ocean. From Mother Jones, as ice in the fabled Northern Sea Route melts, it could drastically cut shipping times from the Far East to Europe; and how much should you worry about an Arctic methane bomb? Recent warnings that this greenhouse gas could cost us $60 trillion have received widespread publicity — but many scientists are skeptical. Very cold scientists discovered 100,000-year-old fossils of very cold microbes buried underneath the surface of a frozen Antarctic lake — we have not seen the film, but is this or is this not the very plot of The Thing?
A new issue of The Humanist is out. From the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law, Prabhakar Singh (National University of Singapore): No Roses Without Thorns: Global Consumers of Cut Flowers as Political Actors. From n+1, Mark Greif on Mogadishu, Baghdad, Troy; Or, heroes without war. In his new book, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks, Keith Houston reveals the stories behind esoteric punctuation marks, from the pilcrow to the manicule to the octothorpe, a.k.a. the hashtag. The changes to the Dow Jones industrial average show the absurdity of the Dow Jones industrial average. Emily Bazelon on why Syria is a legal triumph: If a deal holds up, it will be a tremendous victory for international law, despite Obama’s bungling. A study finds dreaming is still possible even when the mind is blank. Chris Lehmann on one thing that the NSA got right: Steve Jobs commanded a vast legion of zombies. Molly Redden on why new Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is bad news for non-Australians. Laura Helmuth on the best critique of alternative medicine ever: It’s an animated video and it’s hilarious. Donald Prothero in how the Discovery Channel jumped the shark during “Shark Week” (and more). The Colonist of Good Will: Thomas Meaney on how Algerian Chronicles shows that Albert Camus still has something to say to us — not about terrorism but economic justice. David Wong on the 6 weirdest things we've learned since 9/11.
Janine Young Kim (Marquette): Postracialism: Race after Exclusion. From Saturday Evening Post, a special series on The Long March on Washington. Emily Badger on the real cost of segregation in 1 big chart. Activist Tim Wise is on the defensive — it's not a pretty sight. What is the incentive for students to perpetrate racial hoaxes? Noah Rothman wonders. Diamond Sharp on 15 black feminist books for everyone: Solidarity may be for white women and black power for black men, but these books are for everybody. Richard D. Kahlenberg on a refreshingly honest book about affirmative action: Randall Kennedy admits it helped him — and proves why we need it. From the Brian Lehrer Show, a conversation about a conversation about conversations about race. In a possible first and under heavy security, KKK and NAACP meet in Casper (and more). Has Drudge become more race-baity? Mimi Dwyer and Julia Fisher on the numbers. Adam Rothstein on freeing resistance from civil disobedience. A study suggests Southern slavery turns white people into Republicans 150 years later. Outgoing NAACP president Ben Jealous speaks to The Root's editor-in-chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. about his decision to step down (and more). Chris Hedges on Cornel West and the fight to save the black prophetic tradition. Martin Kitch on how hating a black president isn’t necessarily racist. Edward Wyckoff Williams on using humor in the dialogue on race.