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Making a Dent in the Trafficking of Stolen Art

From their modest Manhattan digs, Constance Lowenthal and her staff do their best to foil the criminals who swipe treasures for a living

Daring Deeds, Bold Dreams, in a Land Removed From Time

In The World Beneath, the sequel to his best-selling Dinotopia, author-artist James Gurney unveils a ravishing, action-packed adventure

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Review of 'Daisy Bates in the Desert: A Woman's Life Among the Aborigines'

Review of 'Daisy Bates in the Desert: A Woman's Life Among the Aborigines'

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If You Reckon Your Own Cousins Are Weird...Wait Till You Meet Ned and Bessie

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Smithsonian Perspectives

Exhibits at the National Museum of American History commemorate our diverse World War II experiences

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Around the Mall & Beyond

To teach science, says the ten-year-old National Science Resources Center, there is nothing better than getting young hands on simple experiments

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals, the Champion Divers of the Deep

These ponderous pinnipeds continually set new records for diving to crushing depths; researchers are hard at work to discover just how they do it

Chimney Sweeps Are Plunging Into Their Work Again

With more of us using fireplaces and modern high-efficiency wood stoves, the ancient profession is getting a new lease on soot

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Phenomena, Comment & Notes

Iceberg armadas and flickering climates: how one good idea led to more, and we appreciated anew the world's complexity

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In Small Town, U.S.A., Everyone Is a Somebody

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There Was Never a Harder Place Than 'the Rock'

Used for 29 years to house the nation's worst criminals, the penitentiary on Alcatraz earned its reputation as 'Uncle Sam's Devil's Island'

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"Now Lower Your Butts, Flangeheads, and Haul Away, Haul Away!"

Art car festival in San Francisco

Designing Your Own Set of Wheels

Sporting faux fur to gold to the front lawn, old clunkers are getting decked out as art cars the ultimate vehicles of self-expression

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The Magical Motion of Michael Moschen

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'Merry of Soul': The legacy of Robert Louis Stevenson

Writer Simon Winchester explores Stevenson's life and proves why he is still loved today

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The Really Big Art of Claes Oldenburg

By turning the ordinary flashlight, spoon or clothespin into a colossal monument, this artist chisels away at society's solemnity

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Strang the Strange: America's Only King

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The Great Martian Fossil Hunt

If bacterial life did arise on an Earth-like early Mars, we should be able to find its fossil remains preserved in those red rocks

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Around the Mall & Beyond

Plant and the butterflies will come: This summer the Smithsonian's new garden welcomes its winged visitors

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My Psychiatrist Tells Me I Have 'Sci-Fitis'...

On an ordinary April day the weirdness came to town

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