April 2012

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Monster Discovery

In Colombia, the fossil of a gargantuan snake has stunned scientists, forcing them to rethink the nature of prehistoric life

Women rally in Tripoli

The Rebellion's Secret Weapon

They helped overthrow Qaddafi by smuggling arms and spying on the government. Now the women of Libya are fighting for a greater voice in society


The King of Béisbol

The sports superstar and humanitarian transcended baseball's borders

San Cassiano Canal

Casanova Slept Here

The personal memoir of history's most famous lover reveals a misunderstood intellectual who befriended the likes of Ben Franklin


The former U.S. poet laureate writes about the Italian city

Cristina Cardenas and Jeremy Longoria

American Prom

Renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark invites herself to the dance, capturing the poignant moment teenagers teeter on the edge of adulthood

Tiger in India Nagarhole National Park

Eye of the Tiger


Cat Fight

Experts battle each other over a $350 million plan to keep the tiger from becoming extinct




From the Editor

Foreseen Consequences

The art and science of looking ahead

Letters to the Editor

The Conversation

Readers Respond To The February Issue


Cassandra Syndrome

America's longtime counterterrorism czar warns that the cyberwars have already begun—and that we might be losing

Food + Culture

The Basque Revolution

The Basques followed the sheep from Europe to the western United States and they brought with them their boardinghouse cuisine


Cooperate Or Die

The eminent biologist argues in a controversial new book that our Stone Age emotions are still at war with our high-tech sophistication



The celebrated science fiction writer and author of Tomorrow Now, explains why you don't need to be clairvoyant to predict the future


Got Corn?

Forty years after the release of the groundbreaking study, were the concerns about overpopulation and the environment correct?


Curves Ahead

The Italian art movement that celebrated modernity still moves us 100 years later


You, Robot

The "transhumanist" movement says better technology will enable you to replace more and more body parts—even your brain


Before The Jetsons

In the 1950s and '60s, the newspaper cartoonist dreamed up a madcap American utopia, filled with flying cars and fantastical skyscrapers


Wall St. is Occupied

In the wake of the financial crisis, New York's financial district is getting something new: full-time residents


Science Friction

Neal Stephenson created the Hieroglyph Project to convince sci-fi writers to stop worrying and learn to love the future

The Future That Wasn't

According to past predictions, we should be living in an era of flying cars and other marvels. But be glad that some advances haven't happened

Around the Mall

The Light Fantastic

Artist Doug Aitken’s “SONG1” will transform the Smithsonian art museum, projecting a series of fantastic moving images onto its concrete exterior

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Folk Icon Gets Gig

To mark the centennial birthday of the late folk icon, Smithsonian Folkways has released a six-CD collection featuring 20 previously unreleased tracks

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This Just In

In 2012, Berry donated his red Eldorado Cadillac to the Smithsonian

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NYPD Blues

TR’s rough ride as New York’s police chief shaped the man who became president just six years later

Fast Forward

The Forest Of The Future

An ambitious project in Singapore will boast 18 supertrees, climbing up to 160 feet tall