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December 2014

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Look Both Ways

The driverless car may take a while to catch on—just as the automobile did a century ago

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Bully for Baristas

Teddy Roosevelt’s children brought fresh-roasted beans and European coffeehouse culture to Manhattan

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The Controversial Afterlife of King Tut

A frenzy of conflicting scientific analyses have made the famous pharaoh more mysterious than ever

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The Lions of the Trees

A few thousand macaques still exist in the wild—but for how much longer?

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Massacre at Sand Creek

The opening of a national historic site in Colorado helps restore to public memory one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on Native Americans

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Raw Material

The famed artist drew on his extensive travels to paint “America Today”

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Ninja Warrior

The sleek and shadowy plane still commands awe 50 years after its first test flight

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The Mystery of Mount Baldy

When a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he went

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Reindeer Games

Inside the very shiny life of a marketing gimmick from 1939

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Life, Interrupted

Artist Kim Cadmus Owens celebrates the places we ignore

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The Mark of Zero

Deep in the jungle, an intrepid scholar locates a symbol of power and mystery

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Rules of Thumb

There’s a never-ending stream of theories about Homo sapiens’ most important digit

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Unsafe Passage

The ramifications of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reason

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