At the South Pole, astronomers try to unravel a force greater than gravity that will determine the fate of the cosmos
A mammoth discovery in 1705 sparked a fossil craze and gave the young United States a symbol of national might
A reporter chronicles the revival of the world's most populous Muslim nation a decade after its disintegration
In Madagascar, an American researcher races to protect one of the world's rarest mammals, a white lemur known as the silky sifaka
Threatened Buddhist art at a 900-year-old monastery high in the Indian Himalayas sheds light on a fabled civilization
A Texas cattleman used genetic science to breed his masterpiece – a near-perfect Red Angus bull. Then nature took its course
Cowboy Culture and the Universe
Readers Respond to the February Issue
Baltimore's A. Aubrey Bodine cast a romantic light on the city's dockworkers in painterly photographs
In Pennsylvania, amateur archaeologists unearth a mass grave of immigrant railroad workers who disappeared in 1832
In 2010, the Institution celebrates two seminal events – the founding of its Natural History Museum and the inauguration of its research in Panama
In 1851, Levi Hill claimed he invented color photography. Was he a genius or a fraud?
NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz famously wore a homemade white vest as he averted tragedy during the Apollo 13 mission
Momentous or Merely Memorable
Why has popular opinion of the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland undergone such a dramatic reversal?
If you think learning foreign idioms is easy, just try combing the giraffe