Smithsonian Magazine: July 2006
One of Washington's most exuberant monuments—the old Patent Office Building —gets the renovation it deserves.
By Adam Goodheart
Two museums return home and invite visitors to engage in "conversations."
By Arthur Lubow
Despite poachers, insurgents and political upheaval, India and Nepal's bold approach to saving wildlife in the Terai Arc just may succeed.
By John Seidensticker and Susan Lumpkin
The first tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since King Tut's is raising new questions for archaeologists about ancient Egypt's burial practices
By Andrew Lawler
In a new book written with his wife, Nancy Abrams, cosmologist Joel Primack argues that the universe, far from being a meaningless void, was meant for us. Sort of.
By Jerry Adler
A Danish photographer goes the extra mile to document wildlife in one of North America's most remote, most pristing areas, now coveted by mining and oil companies.
By Frank Clifford
Why is horticulturalist Harry Jan Swartz so determined to grow an exotic strawberry beloved by Jane Austen?
By David Karp
Forget Hemingway's bovine madness: this charming medieval town hosts the most misunderstood public party in the world - the festival of Sam Fermin.
By Erla Zwingle
Everyone wanted to see the Babe the day they retired his number; photographer Nat Fein saw the story.
By Leigh Montville
My Kind of Town
America's best-known oral historian tells his own story.
By Studs Terkel
Presence of Mind
Corn is one of the plant kingdom's biggest successes. That's not necessarily good for the United States.
By Michael Pollan
From the Secretary
After a glorious renovation the old Patent Office Building opens its doors anew.
By Lawrence M. Small
The Object at Hand
In the mid-1800's, "ships of the desert" reported for duty in the Southwest.
By Owen Edwards
Museum will exhibit Jim Henson's first puppets and such classics as Kermit the Frog. Cheryl Henson, Henson's daughter and a muppet designer, spoke with Smithsonian's Jennifer Drapkin.
By Jennifer Drapkin
"Zobop," Folklife, and Sea Lions
By Alison McLean and Jennifer Drapkin
From the Editor
From dark and cavernous to room for everybody.
By Carey Winfrey
Monkey talk, reptilian altruism, anemone stings, aquatic crabs, and Thyrohyrax.
By Smithsonian magazine
His prescription for overworked Americans: chill
By Jennifer Drapkin