Crimson staff writer

Henry N. Lear

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The Muddy Pond: How the Arnold Arboretum’s Refuse Drowned Five Children

The Arboretum’s underbelly, the South Street tract, became its dumping ground — an area decidedly part of the Arboretum but distinct in purpose: it was the park for poor kids, filled with the refuse of the rich. When that refuse was all they had to play with, it turned deadly — decade after decade — while the institution seemed to close its eyes.


The Return of the Woolly Mammoth

According to the team at Revive & Restore, a Bay Area nonprofit focused on the intersection between biotechnology and conservation, in partnership with Professor George M. Church of Harvard Medical School, a genetically-engineered woolly mammoth could be coming back soon to a tundra near you.


The 1976 Harvard Murder That None of Us Remember

Puopolo’s stabbing reverberated both at the University level and nationwide — yet eventually, his story stopped being told. Most current undergraduates would not know the Combat Zone existed, let alone that a Harvard student met his tragic end there.