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March 23rd, 2021 by: Anabel FordSherman Horn IIIThomas CrimmelJustin Tran

Conserving the American Tropics: Exploring the Cropscape of the Ancient Maya

Introduction The environmental legacy of the ancient Maya is a controversial topic. Since at least the 19th Century, when widely published travelogues began revealing the wondrous monuments of Maya cities to Euro-American audiences,[1] Western popular imagination has been captivated by Maya civilization, and especially tales of its demise. Collapse narratives frequently invoke primitive cultivation techniques,…

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March 23rd, 2021 by: Madhu Narayanan

An Age-old Craft During a New-age Pandemic

On the morning of May 6, 2020,  exactly one month after the announcement of the pandemic lockdown in a Southern district of Kerala in India, I was chatting with my friend Santhoskumar over a cup of black tea in the front yard of his newly located craft workshop.[1] While talking, he skimmed through his local…

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March 23rd, 2021 by: Thamarai Selvan

Panruti Kattai: Crafting Taste and Sound

Today, artisans in the Panruti region of South India are known for their construction of musical instruments, especially, the thavil, a double-headed drum, played by striking one head using a hand and the other with a stick. (See figure 1.) It is played for festivals, weddings, and other ceremonies. Normally, artisanal knowledge in India such…

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March 23rd, 2021 by: Soumya VinayanN. Lalitha

Farmlands of Gold

“I will continue cultivation of pokkali while I can. This rice is natural and uses no chemical fertilizers. New generations might not take up this kind of arduous labor. There are changed ways of living now; in earlier times, cultivation was part of our lives; it was an integrated ecosystem, but now there are challenges…

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January 5th, 2021 by: Jesse Ritner

Chilling the Industry

Technology’s Stories vol. 8, no. 3 – DOI: https://doi.org/10.15763/jou.ts.2021.01.05.02 Following World War II, snow was so valuable to Vermont tourism that a writer for Vermont Life called it “white gold.”[1] With snow, the author reasoned, people could ski. And when people skied, Vermonters profited. Today states throughout the country embrace this rationale. On October 12…

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January 5th, 2021 by: Kang Yeonsil

Cold War’s Cold Legacy: Soyang Multipurpose Dam, the Local Environment, and Envirotechnical Development in South Korea

Technology’s Stories vol 8, no. 3 – DOI: https://doi.org/10.15763/jou.ts.2021.01.05.01 On August 25, 1995, my family drove uphill, in the pouring rain, towards the Soyang Multipurpose Dam. We planned to watch the spectacle of water being discharged from three flood gates of the largest rock-fill dam in East Asia. With the water level reaching just a…

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