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February 2015

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Bound by Tradition

Despite the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the tradition

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Cinderella Story

In Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an experimental effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earth

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America’s Tiger Problem

No one even knows how many of the big cats are in the United States

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The Fatal Shore

The Turks are now rethinking their historic victory in the terrible battle

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Firebrand

More than 50 years after his death, Malcolm X remains a towering figure whose passionate writings have enduring resonance

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Exploring the Titanic of the Ancient World

Scientists search the wine-dark sea for the remains of a ship that sank 2,000 years ago—carrying what is believed to be the world’s first computer

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Decoding the First Computer

Hidden inscriptions offer new clues to the origins of a mysterious astronomical mechanism

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Crimes of Passion

Even in the age of Fifty Shades of Grey, the 18th-century libertine is as shocking as ever

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Full Steam Ahead

How “Fulton’s Folly” transformed the nation’s landscape

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Yuval Noah Harari

Historian Yuval Noah Harari previews his book on the past and future of Homo sapiens

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Bone of Contention

Contrary to earlier claims, a new study shows that evolution may be reversible

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Other questions ask if DNA testing has led to the redesignation of species