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Image of Uncle Sam walking away with ladders, leaving a brown hand grasping from a hole in the ground

Illustration by Phil Foster

Research

Documenting the history and scope of federal “reparatory compensation.”

10.7.22

liriodendron tulipifera of Eastern North America and liriodendron chinense of Eastern Asia

Tulip trees of Eastern North America and Eastern Asia, which last shared a common ancestor 14 million years ago.

Photographs by William (Ned) Freedman

Exploring the “plant humanities” at Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks

11.3.22

Portrait of John Kenneth Galbraith

DeLong’s analysis resembles John Kenneth Galbraith’s (shown 1965) critique of the “affluent society.”

Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A sweeping history of society and the economy in the twentieth century

November-December 2022

An abandoned development project in China

China, coping with a meltdown of its property sector and a variety of other economic problems, may no longer be a disinflationary engine of global growth.

Photograph by Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

China’s economy, a disinflationary engine of global growth, may stall.

November-December 2022

Image of Uncle Sam walking away with ladders, leaving a brown hand grasping from a hole in the ground

Illustration by Phil Foster

Documenting the history and scope of federal “reparatory compensation.”

November-December 2022

Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos

Photograph by Lisa Abitbol

 A Harvard Magazine Q & A with Evan Osnos ’98, author of Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

9.13.22

Map of the expansion of Indo-European languages from a source in the highlands of West Asia.

More than 5,000 years ago, Caucasus hunter-gatherers from the highlands between the Black and Caspian Seas traveled west to Anatolia and north to the steppe, splitting their Proto-Indo-European language into two branches. From the steppe, their Yamnaya horse-herder descendants spread their language and genes into daughter languages and cultures across Eurasia. Border colors indicate the geographic origins of five source populations before their migrations (shown by correspondingly colored arrows), while the pie charts show the post-migration admixtures in these regions.

Figure reprinted with permission from I. Lazaridis et al., Science 377:939(2022). 

Ancient DNA sheds new light on the origins of a lingua franca.

8.25.22

Photograph of Phil Baczewki, a long COVID patient

Long COVID patient Phil Baczewki has been “fighting to get to a new normal every day.”

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Trying to understand infections’ persistent effects—and to develop cures

September-October 2022

Illustration of a donkey turning a ship’s wheel away from high-rise apartment buildings in the background

Illustration by Phil Foster

The high costs of environmental, historic-preservation, and other good intentions

September-October 2022