From toys to totems, an exploration of how we perceive — and imitate — the animals around us

In this essay from the collection "Mechanical Animals," the author delves deep into the ways that animals inspire everything from brands to high-tech medical instruments

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Denver oilman Alex Cranberg and his partner secured huge Ukraine drilling deal after push from Rick Perry

Cranberg, a major Republican party donor, has supported Douglas County's controversial private-school voucher program

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Why the Denver school board “flipped” toward reform and what might happen next

The question now is what this “flip” will mean for teachers, students, and parents