Smithsonian Magazine: July 2003
Fifty years after the armistice, the two Koreas' legacy of conflict underlies a deepening crisis.
By Jonathan Kandell
New Kingdom customs rise triumphantly from the dead in "The Quest for Immortality," a dazzling display of treasures from the tombs of the pharaohs
By Doug Stewart
"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it."
— Robert E. Lee, at Fredericksburg.
By Roy Blount, Jr.
When it comes to mating, the brawny guy is supposed to get the girl, but biologists are finding that small, stealthy suitors do just fine.
By Richard Conniff
Toward the end of the 13th century, something went terribly wrong among the Anasazi. What awful event forced the people to flee their homeland, never to return?
By David Roberts
One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the New York State legislature set aside the land that would become Central Park. By 1876, landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux had transformed the swampy, treeless 50 blocks between Harlem and midtown Manhattan into the first landscaped park in the United States. Here's to New York City's 843-acre backyard!
By Witold Rybczynski
Some scientists race to develop vaccines against the scourge while others probe the possible lingering effects of the mosquito-borne infection.
By Stephen S. Hall
Before the advent of factory farms and supermarkets, the self-made kings of New York City's butter and egg trade lived extra large
By Michael Shapiro
The Object at Hand
For three decades, the fluoroscope was a shoe salesman's best friend
By Karen Larkins
Points of Interest
Let's hear it shhhh, not so loud for electric boats
By Lance Morrow
Everything old is news again
By Carey Winfrey
From the Secretary
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory probes the universe for the unimaginable
By Lawrence M. Small
A groundbreaking chronicle sheds new light on one of the most dramatic chapters in American history
By Smithsonian magazine
The Last Page
I can forgive the French for almost anything. Except dessert
By Edith Pearlman