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Featured Article: Carib

Carib family (by John Gabriel Stedman
Carib, Island Carib, or Kalinago people, after whom the Caribbean Sea was named, live in the Lesser Antilles islands. They are one of the two main tribes of Amerindian people who inhabited the Caribbean at the time of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World, the other being the Taino (also known as the Arawak).

Like most of the indigenous peoples of the New World, the Carib suffered greatly from European Colonization of the Americas European conquest, and their descendants are now scattered throughout the Caribbean and South America, with the largest group living on the island of Dominica where the British established a reservation for them.

Often the Carib are remembered for being ferocious warriors and for cannibalistic customs. Although it may be true that they were warlike, fighting and displacing other tribes such as the Taino, they have often been maligned by exaggerated early European propaganda that over-looked their many accomplishments and skills, such as sailing, navigation, and basket weaving. Today, Carib make effort to preserve their culture and educate their children and others about their traditions, maintaining their identity while at the same time being part of the contemporary society.

Popular Article: Carbon

Diagram of the carbon cycle.
Carbon (chemical symbol C; atomic number 6) is a remarkable chemical element that plays a vital role in the structures and processes of the living and nonliving worlds. Without it, our physical existence and that of other organisms would not be possible. Its different forms include graphite, one of the softest substances, and diamond, the hardest naturally occurring material. Carbon is known to be part of a huge variety of compounds, including some that occur in the Sun, stars, and planetary atmospheres. We use carbon compounds for fuel and the synthesis of a wide range of materials such as plastics, paints, textiles, and pharmaceuticals. Researchers are now investigating the uses of new forms of carbon, known as fullerenes, leading to the developing field of nanotechnology.

The careless disposal of paints, plastics, and other carbon-containing materials has polluted the environment, and the misuse of drugs has caused needless suffering and pain. Such practices are symptomatic of an inadequate understanding of the values and principles of the natural world. While efforts are now being made to clean up the environment and combat drug abuse, humanity needs to restore its sense of values as well, to prevent these problems from recurring.