This week, we learned …
A cowgirl parks her horse at a meter in downtown El Paso in 1936.
Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic
What kind of language do you use to navigate?
Canada adopted its national anthem in 1980 (!). When did it get is iconic maple-leaf flag?
How do you talk to your students about the “ozone hole”?
More frequent wildfires and warming temperatures are reducing the long-term resilience of forests.
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic
Get the Wildfire 101 with our Q&A study guide.
“I’m much more strict on content than I am on time,” says one expert. Good advice.
Public domain photo
What are some good guidelines for screen-time limits for children and teens?
“Almost all of the scenarios which inform existing international agreements on climate change assume that not-yet-existing technologies will work to suck carbon out of the atmosphere.”
Photograph by Nigel Swinn, My Shot
With or without geoengineering, will the air be clean enough to breathe?
How might the newly identified language contribute to the language diversity index?
Where are the world’s most livable cities?
Get this: According to the surviving records, the first enslaved African in Massachusetts was the property of the schoolmaster of Harvard. Yale funded its first graduate-level courses and its first scholarship with the rents from a small slave plantation it owned in Rhode Island. The scholarship’s first recipient went on to found Dartmouth, and a later grantee co-founded the Princeton. Georgetown’s founders planned to underwrote school operations in large part with slave sales and plantation profits. Columbia subsidized slave traders with below-market loans. Before she gained fame as a preacher and abolitionist, Sojourner Truth was owned by the family of Rutgers’s first president.
Photograph of enslaved people on Edisto Island, South Carolina courtesy the New York Historical Society. Public domain
Navigate the history of slavery in the U.S. with our great timeline.
Slaking the thirst of crops like pistachios and mandarin oranges in California’s Central Valley is costly.
Photograph by Raymond Gehman, National Geographic
Try your own hand at farming with our “Top Crop” game.
What are the united states of emoji?