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May 15th, 2018 by: Helga NowotnyJohan Schot

It could be otherwise: social progress, technology and the social sciences

The idea of social progress and the origins of modern science and technology are inextricably intertwined. Indeed, it was this idea that kept the entire enterprise of modern science and technology going. Reinforced by the actual scientific and technological practices, this belief became the open-ended, future-oriented project that was shared among a minority of (then…

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August 27th, 2017 by: Abby Spinak

The Twenty-first Century Oil Encounter: Dispatches from Texas

Editor’s Note: This article was written before Hurricane Harvey. Last summer’s critically-acclaimed “modern Western,” Hell or High Water, has a happy ending, of sorts. In the final scene of the film, the main character is building an extension onto his West Texas childhood home as his teenage sons come home from school. It’s a sunny…

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Photograph of aliens and spaceship exhibit at the UFO museum in Roswell, New Mexico. Article

December 12th, 2016 by: Jordan Bimm

Notes from the Field: Roswell, New Mexico

Aliens have invaded Roswell. Whether or not you believe a UFO really crashed here in the summer of 1947, what’s readily apparent is that the image of the almond-eyed extraterrestrial is everywhere. Restaurants, motels, liquor stores, gift shops, car dealerships, and loan offices all trade in the icon of the so-called “little green man”. These,…

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