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Science fiction has a huge race problem, and stock solutions don’t cut it.

You’re welcome: 19th century math genius gets Hamilton-ized.

The electrifying history of modern fencing.

Ah, Ancient Greece. Land of democracy—and human sacrifice?

Controversy over a canonical character in neuroscience.


Julia F. P. Ostmann writes from Southern California about nineteenth-century mushrooms, hybrid burritos, and brain science. Next year she’s excited to move into Stephen Hawking’s old dorm at Cambridge, where she'll be studying history and philosophy of science. If you follow her at @JuliaOstmann, she will probably retweet you. More from this author →