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The Light Fantastic

In the American Southwest, the famed light-bending artist is putting the final touches on Roden Crater, his ambitious, mind-boggling masterpiece

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Where the Monarchs Go

The butterflies’ path, which stretches thousands of miles, is endangered by an array of challenges, including changes in climate and pesticides

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The Making of a Mom

Through studies of fetal DNA, researchers are revealing how a child can shape a mom's heart and mind—literally

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The End of the Trail

Our writer takes a quirky trip through Oregon, from a wilderness lodge to a Gilded Age saloon to a town hidden underground

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Your feedback on our coverage of the Tulsa Race Massacre and more

The Power of Research

We can accomplish more when we unite our robust scientific capabilities with our educational reach

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Corps Values

On its 60th anniversary, a moment of reckoning arrives for the nation's globe-trotting volunteers

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Lessons Learned

A photographic homage to a momentous education experiment

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Roget Gets the Last Word

At the dawn of the 19th century, the young Brit got caught in an international crisis while touring Europe

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Eyewitness to History

A newsworthy birthday for a venerable source of trusted reporting

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Profiles in Courage

A salute to the all-Black World War I fighting unit

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