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Wolfgang Neubauer

Blood Sport

Located in Austria, the archaeological site is providing rich new details about the lives and deaths of the arena combatants

Roald Dahl illustration

The Fantastic Mr. Dahl

The British author’s world—antic, subversive, wildly inventive and monstrously humane—returns to the screen in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

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Battle Scars

British generals have long been seen as the bunglers of the deadly conflict, but a revisionist look argues that a U.S. general was the real donkey

Leaving Home: A Photographic Journey

American Exiles

A series of three photo essays explores how America has treated its own people in times of crisis

Oreos Eriacho

Two Nations

Photographer Daniella Zalcman explores how native populations had a new nation foisted upon them

Grand Liard Bayou

The Drowning

As the sea levels rise, these photos provide a big picture view of a place losing the battle against climate change

Abandoned Masonic Lodge

Antebellum Africa

The world created by former slaves in Liberia was a cruel paradox for more than 150 years

Sacel Castle

Lost in Transylvania

Now fallen into shadow, the Romania-born Baron Franz Nopcsa was a groundbreaking scientist, adventurer -- and would-be king

Young Barbara Bowles

Anatomy of a Cure

A half century ago, a young doctor took on a deadly form of cancer—and the scientific establishment

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Phenomena

High School Confidential

In a reboot of the classic Archie comics, the two female leads take charge

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Long Live the King

Photographer Neil Ever Osborne hopes that his work helps save the species

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To Bee or Not to Bee

A new theory has scientists buzzing

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Almost Famous

He tweets under the guise of @Brian_Bilston and uses the platform to reinvent the age-old form of writing

How Data Won the West

Early iterations saved soldiers' lives, debunked myths about slavery and helped Americans settle the frontier

A Fanatic Heart

Celebrated for her books about love, the writer might finally win a Nobel Prize for something darker

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