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Scott Bolton portrait

Unlocking the Solar System

The Juno project will take on the mysteries of the gas giant that may in turn help us understand our own planet’s origins

March for Our Lives student activists

Fighting for Their Lives

After the massacre at a Florida high school, these brave students provided a way forward

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Learning to Speak Latino

His uproariously inventive one-man show, soon to be shown on Netflix, puts the story of a neglected culture center stage

Jean Bennett and Albert Maguire portrait

Seeing the Light

A wife-and-husband research team cracks the code to allow certain patients to see again

Janelle Monae

The Soul of the New Machine

The musical virtuoso leaves her old persona behind with her third album, Dirty Computer

John Krasinski portrait

Shhhhh Genius at Work

The actor turned director creates a genre-busting horror movie with a terrifying twist—silence

Tracy K. Smith portrait

Poetry to the People

Like Johnny Appleseed, Smith has been planting the seeds of verse across the U.S.

Co-founders of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas and members of Líderes Campesinas

The New Women Warriors

How the leaders of a farmworkers' alliance reached across cultural divides to fight sexual harassment

John Krafcik and Dmitri Dolgov portrait

Takin' It to the Streets

Your driverless car is already here, thanks to the visionary engineers behind a bold experiment

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The Costs of the Confederacy

In the last decade alone, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideology

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The Salvation of Atlanta

One of the war's greatest battles was fought again and again on a spectacular canvas nearly 400 feet long. At last, the real history is being restored

Departments

Discussion

Your reaction to our package of stories about the Holocaust

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Flake News

How the "Dear Friends" missive started and how it has survived the Facebook age

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The Other O'Keeffe

The painter who toiled in the shadow of her celebrated sibling is the subject of a new, major exhibition

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Hitting the Panic Buttons

Long before parents freaked over the ubiquitous video game, they flipped out over another newfangled fad

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Pipe Dream

Herbert A. Gilbert invented his "Smokeless" in 1963, but he couldn't convince any companies to bring the device to market

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Street Wise

Jazz, race and an unlikely friendship inspire the new film about navigating Jim Crow America

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Wright and Wrong

A new book advances a controversial theory about the singular contribution that went into the brothers’ pioneering achievement

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