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How a flu virus shut down the US economy in 1872...

Ernest Freeberg, University of Tennessee In 1872 the U.S. economy was growing as the young nation industrialized and expanded westward. Then in the autumn, a...

Humans domesticated horses – new tech could help archaeologists figure out...

William Taylor, University of Colorado Boulder In the increasingly urbanized world, few people still ride horses for reasons beyond sport or leisure. However, on horseback,...

The secret Latin American history of the Kentucky Derby

E. Gabrielle Kuenzli, University of South Carolina This Triple Crown season, which opens on May 4 with the Kentucky Derby, horses with Latin American bloodlines...

Can Seabiscuit’s DNA explain his elite racing ability?

Steven Tammariello, Binghamton University, State University of New York Seabiscuit was not an impressive-looking horse. He was considered quite lazy, preferring to eat and sleep...

Touch forms the foundation of the powerful human-horse relationship

Keri Brandt Off, Fort Lewis College Two recent films, “Lean on Pete” and “The Rider,” explore the transformative quality of human-horse relationships. Both films...

How African-Americans disappeared from the Kentucky Derby

Katherine Mooney, Florida State University When the horses enter the gate for the 143rd Kentucky Derby, their jockeys will hail from Louisiana, Mexico,...

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