Dan Morrison

A Mummy Rots in Kolkata

Is this any way to treat a guest? An Egyptian mummy in residence at the Indian Museum has been rotting in its display case thanks to a broken air conditioning system, the Times of India reports. Temperatures in Koltaka, the ...

How India Beat Polio

Khagaria, India – When he thinks about polio, Dr. B.N. Singh recalls the surgeries. “It was ghastly,” Singh said of his early days as a surgical orthopedic resident practicing in the Indian state of Bihar. “Every week I was doing ...

How India Beat Polio

Khagaria, India – When he thinks about polio, Dr. B.N. Singh recalls the surgeries. “It was ghastly,” Singh said of his early days as a surgical orthopedic resident practicing in the Indian state of Bihar. “Every week I was doing ...

Put on Your Wellies and Don’t Look Down

  “But possibly the day will come when it will be partitioned off into so-called pleasure grounds, in which a few will take a narrow and exclusive pleasure only, — when fences shall be multiplied, and man traps and other engines ...

The Sad Ballad of Menes, the Egyptian #Spyduck

Spare a moment, and maybe a shake of the head, for Menes the #Spyduck. Menes wasn’t a spy, and neither was he a duck. Thanks to a combination of local paranoia and spotty Arabic-to-English translation, this one-year-old White Stork ...

The Sad Ballad of Menes, the Egyptian #Spyduck

Spare a moment, and maybe a shake of the head, for Menes the #Spyduck. Menes wasn’t a spy, and neither was he a duck. Thanks to a combination of local paranoia and spotty Arabic-to-English translation, this one-year-old White Stork ...

Egypt: What Just Happened?

On Saturday, Mohamed ElBaradei — a respected diplomat, Nobel peace laureate, and liberal opposition leader — was named prime minister of Egypt, a country he’d very recently described as “a failed state.” The move came days after the Egyptian military ousted ...

Wind Power and the Thrum of Lawsuits

I encountered my first wind turbines in the early 1980s when, on a family holiday to the Pacific coast, my father drove through the Altamont Pass Wind Farm in northern California. Four siblings and I jammed our faces against the ...

Wind Power and the Thrum of Lawsuits

I encountered my first wind turbines in the early 1980s when, on a family holiday to the Pacific coast, my father drove through the Altamont Pass Wind Farm in northern California. Four siblings and I jammed our faces against the ...

Wind Power and the Thrum of Lawsuits

I encountered my first wind turbines in the early 1980s when, on a family holiday to the Pacific coast, my father drove through the Altamont Pass Wind Farm in northern California. Four siblings and I jammed our faces against the ...

In a Global First, Global Data on Violence Against Women

The World Health Organization today released what it calls the first-ever global study into the prevalence of violence against women. The results are bracing. According to WHO, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced some type of sexual violence, most of ...

In a Global First, Global Data on Violence Against Women

The World Health Organization today released what it calls the first-ever global study into the prevalence of violence against women. The results are bracing. According to WHO, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced some type of sexual violence, most of ...

Saving Newborns Across Hostile Borders

Dhaka, Bangladesh – The job of saving lives wholesale, by the hundreds of thousands, is an especially complex one. Researchers dig through silos of granular data compiled from across the globe and try, using computers, experience, and intuition, to figure out ...

Wrestling for Peace in South Sudan

  When the Republic of South Sudan broke away from its northern namesake in 2011 to become the world’s newest country after a lengthy and brutal civil war, southerners gained control of a vast territory rich in oil, forests, wildlife – ...