10 Years On, Can We Trust Wikipedia?

Forget that old tagline about the Internet being an information "superhighway". The online world is an information battlefield with pranksters and pragmatists struggling to be heard.

And on any given day, you can find a good skirmish on Wikipedia, an encyclopedia of sorts—which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday. With around 410 million monthly readers, 3.5 million articles in English alone "to Wiki" something has become a way of life for many. But these word wars themselves—fought with a mix of facts and fervour—make for a riveting record of discord. For example, U.S. president Barack Obama's page experienced some fast and furious edits until it was blocked from public editing access, with "birthers" changing Obama's birthplace to Kenya before it was changed back to Hawaii.

Why American history lives between the cracks

The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?

  • History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
  • In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
  • Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
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Juice is terrible for children. Why do we keep giving it to them?

A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.

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Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you. 

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Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

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Surprising Science
  • Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
  • It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
  • This ability may come from a common ancestor
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