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Weekend Reads 3/17/18

Mark Hamill on Skywalker disagreements, fear of starring in a new Star Wars film

"When you get down to it, it's not Mark Hamill in a blockbuster film. It's Luke. I had to do a wild reimagining of the character. Like, hey, what happened between the last one and this one, where the most hopeful man in the galaxy becomes a cranky old suicidal man telling people to get off his lawn?

"Here I am going home again," he later added, "but it was a house I didn’t recognize at all."

Arctic has warmest winter on record: 'It's just crazy, crazy stuff'

The land weather station closest to the North Pole, at the tip of Greenland, spent more than 60 hours above freezing in February. Before this year, scientists had seen the temperature there rise above freezing in February only twice before, and then extremely briefly. Last month’s record-high temperatures have been more like those typical of May, said Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute.

How Evangelicals Became White

The “value proposition” displayed by white evangelicals in the 2016 election, and the definition of what constitutes “moral values” and what doesn’t, is inextricably related to the nation’s upcoming demographic shift—the fact that, by the year 2044, the United States is expected to become majority nonwhite.

Archaeological Evidence Points To New Brunswick As Most Likely Site Of Lost Viking Settlement

As for the hide canoe-carrying locals, animal skins were used in shipbuilding by the Mi'kmaq people, who lived in the Miramichi-Chaleur bay area. The Mi'kmaq people even used a salmon totem as a spiritual emblem, again showing the significance of salmon in the region.

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