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The Dive to 1495

In the frigid Baltic Sea, archaeologists probing the surprisingly well-preserved remains of a revolutionary warship are seeing the era in a new way

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You can play the ukulele, learn photography or record a song in a top-flight studio. You can also check out a book

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Welcome to Mars

A hostile landscape. Cramped quarters. Dehydrated food. A photographer takes part in an attempt to live on another planet

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The Righteous Defiance of Aristides de Sousa Mendes

As the German army marched across France, Aristides de Sousa Mendes faced a choice: obey his government or follow his conscience—and risk everything

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A Sustainable Planet

As a hub for research and education, the Institution is poised to help the world find solutions to the global challenge

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High and Dry

The beloved desert denizen is feeling the heat

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Creation Stories

Stranded by the pandemic, Yannis Davy Guibinga made a connection with home through his art

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The Sauce Detectives

From Pompeii to modern laboratories, scholars are working to recreate garum, a sauce made from decaying fish that delighted ancient Rome

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In Defense of King George

The author of a new biography shines a humane light on the monarch despised by the colonists

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Slam-Dunk Design

The world is bonkers for sneakers. This pivotal 1996 concept for basketball superstar Michael Jordan is a big reason why

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