Is Geometry a Language That Only Humans Know?

Neuroscientists are exploring whether shapes like squares and rectangles — and our ability to recognize them — are part of what makes our species special.

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Decoding Dickens’s Secret Notes to Himself, One Symbol at a Time

A letter Charles Dickens wrote in his mystifying style of shorthand had gone unread for over a century. Computer programmers helped scholars decode it.

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Black Man Wins New Trial Over Confederate Memorabilia in Jury Room

A Tennessee appeals court granted Tim Gilbert a new trial after jurors deliberated in a room named after the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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Officials Remove Tile Viewed as Offensive from Detroit Museum-Sponsored Mural

The tile, installed beneath a mural sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts and intended to honor police officers, contained imagery that some associate with a rebuke of racial justice.

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Rajie Cook, Who Helped Make Sense of Public Spaces, Dies at 90

He and Don Shanosky developed the pictogram symbols used to identify airports, restrooms and more. He was also known for his sculptural assemblages.

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Over 160 Confederate Symbols Were Removed in 2020, Group Says

The Southern Poverty Law Center said more “symbols of hate” were removed from public property last year after the death of George Floyd than in the previous four years combined.

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House Votes to Remove Confederate Statues From U.S. Capitol

The bipartisan vote to banish the statues from display was the latest step in a nationwide push to remove historical symbols of racism and oppression from public places.

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Quaker to Change Aunt Jemima Name and Image Over ‘Racial Stereotype’

Quaker Oats, which owns the 131-year-old brand, said it would change the packaging as it worked “to make progress toward racial equality.”

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