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Esther Sullivan illuminates the slow recovery from last year’s California fires

Nov. 20, 2019

For victims of the Woolsey fire, recovery has been agonizingly slow. The blaze charred 151 square miles and 1,600 structures when it ripped through Malibu, California, the Santa Monica Mountains and eastern Ventura County a year ago, consuming mobile homes and movie star mansions in what would become one of...

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Gabriel Finkelstein champions the memory of Emil du Bois-Reymond

Nov. 20, 2019

Gabriel Finkelstein, Associate Professor of History, recently published an essay commissioned by The MIT Press to commemorate the 201st birthday of Emil du Bois-Reymond, who proclaimed the mystery of consciousness, championed the theory of natural selection, and revolutionized the study of the nervous system. Today he is all but forgotten...

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California is burning and Gregory Simon knows why

Nov. 5, 2019

This episode of the One Planet series, by San Francisco public radio 91.7FM, explores the causes and effects of the dozens of fires across the state of California over the past few weeks. Gregory Simon, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences (and the author of Flame...