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December 28, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
This week, take part in the Portrait Gallery's special winter break and celebrate Kwanzaa
December 27, 2011 | By Joseph Stromberg
What did Iguanodon use its big thumb spikes for—stabbing attackers, breaking into seeds, or possibly stripping foliage from branches?
December 27, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Three trends in big-budget movies coming out this holiday season
December 23, 2011 | By Daniel Eagan
It has become one of the great legends of World War I. But what really happened when British and German troops emerged from their trenches that Christmas Day?
December 23, 2011 | By Mike Dash
This week, see young people's creative works, learn about Gertrude Stein, and have a merry Christmas
December 22, 2011 | By Joseph Stromberg
Fossil lore says 19th century naturalist T.H. Huxley realized that birds were dinosaurs when he carved into a Christmas turkey, but what really happened?
December 22, 2011 | By Brian Switek
A new exhibition at the American Art Museum features models of a variety of unusual 19th-century devices
December 20, 2011 | By Joseph Stromberg
John Harlan championed racial justice on a hostile Supreme Court. Robert Harlan, a freed slave, achieved renown despite the court's decisions
December 20, 2011 | By Gilbert King
Paleontologist Edward Hitchcock was one of the first dinosaur track experts, but why did he insist that birds left the footprints?
December 19, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Movies every fan should have.
December 16, 2011 | By Daniel Eagan
If any dinosaur has a tortured history, it's the giant predator Saurophaganax
December 16, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Movies that question your beliefs, from Steve Martin to Bengalese film to a nostalgic look at the old West
December 15, 2011 | By Daniel Eagan
This week, see Happy Feet Two in 3D, meet a children's author, and enjoy an acoustic performance by a local indie frontman
December 15, 2011 | By Joseph Stromberg
Cambridge University is digitizing its collection of works by Newton and other revolutionary scientists of the past
December 14, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
It's not just science fiction—dinosaurs have already been in space twice
December 12, 2011 | By Brian Switek
This week, see a holiday performance, talk to a bird expert, meet a pair of Native artists, and attend a jazz concert
December 12, 2011 | By Joseph Stromberg
In A.D. 9, the Chinese emperor nationalized his state's land and redistributed it to the peasantry. That revolutionary act cost him his throne and his life—and even now his motives remain unclear
December 09, 2011 | By Mike Dash
A decade before The Lost World debuted, one science fiction writer beat Arthur Conan Doyle to the dinosaurian punch.
December 08, 2011 | By Brian Switek
This week, see a critically-lauded Thai film, attend a hands-on day of aviation activities, and hear a live concert pianist perform
December 08, 2011 | By Joseph Stromberg