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A Brief History of the Future: Reflections on the Death of Space Travel

NASA will launch a mission in 2009 called Kepler to monitor nearly 200,000 stars for the shadows of planets the size of Earth. Let’s say we find dozens or hundreds of Earths, or even thousands, as some astronomers predict. What … Continue reading

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Gated Communities and the Oil Boom in Los Angeles County

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Activism and Invisibility: Caryl Chessman, George Jackson and the California Prison Movement 1954 – 1977

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Thomas More’s invention of utopia: From thought experiment to manifesto

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The California Gold Rush and the Emergence of Open-Entry Mining in the United States

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Women in Hamas: Islamic feminism within a nationalist struggle

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Imperial bodies: Nation-building and the first wave’s eugenics

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