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What Is Anthropology?

The “study of humanity” applies to many fields, but anthropology looks at people in a unique way. Orbon Alija/Getty Images Ask SAPIENS …


Why Face Masks Are Going Viral

A discount market on Penang Island, Malaysia, displays a face mask on a mannequin. Surgical masks are unregulated and provide minimal protection …


The Double Life of Coca

In Andean countries such as Peru and Bolivia, locals and tourists drink mate de coca, a tea made from coca leaves, to …


How to Resurrect Dying Languages

Hawaiian language teacher Nako’olani Warrington instructs 9-year-old Maleka Benjamin at an immersion school in Honolulu. Lucy Pemoni/AP Photo In the 1970s, the …


The Dawn of Digital Therapeutics

A techno-optimistic attitude tells us we’re living at an inflexion point where care practices are being transformed by technology. Monitoring and attending …


What Migrants Leave Behind

A child’s backpack abandoned on a migrant trail in the Tumacácori Mountains suffers the ravages of time. Gabriella Soto “Oh my God. …