Idaho-ology

This is not our first pandemic

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This is not our first pandemic by Braden Smith As we’re all attempting to “flatten the curve” through social distancing to stave off COVID-19, it can feel like we’re living in an unprecedented moment in history. However, it was only a little over 100 years ago, on October 8, 1918, when the Idaho State Board […]

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Through the lens of a legendary local photographer

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Through the lens of a legendary local photographer Photography from many decades past shouldn’t be good. It was labor intensive, easy to mess up, and its most defining quality is the absence of something usually important: color. However, in the images of East Idaho photographer Quincy Jensen (1922-93), the mid-20th century remains as brilliant now […]

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How to use Archimedes’ ingenious ancient weapons

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How to use Archimedes’ ingenious ancient weapons What do you mean you haven’t heard of Archimedes? He’s one of the most famous people in the known world! He’s a genius inventor from right here in Syracuse, the city-state by the sea. He’s transforming math from just theories into actual inventions and machines that can do incredible […]

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Writing Idaho history

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Writing Idaho history Has anyone ever asked you what makes Idaho – or East Idaho – unique? Despite spending 30+ years in love with our region, I recently found myself stumped by that question. After all, each of our neighbors also boasts mountains, sunsets, crops, snow, and good-hearted people. No one factor makes our region […]