February 2011

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Warsaw Poland construction

Warsaw on the Rise

A new crop of skyscrapers symbolizes the Polish capital's effort to rebuild its downtrodden image

Lynx in Montana

Snow Phantom

Rare and maddeningly elusive, the "ghost cat" tries to give scientists the slip high in the mountains of Montana

George Washington

The Reluctant President

It seemed as if everyone rejoiced at the election of our first chief executive except the man himself

Gerbera daisies

Flower Power

Chances are the bouquet you're about to buy came from Colombia. What's behind the blooms?

Wayne Thiebaud Cakes

Wayne Thiebaud Is Not a Pop Artist

He's best known for his bright paintings of pastries and cakes, but they represent only a slice of the American master's work

Milky Way

Invisible Glory

Two unsung space telescopes create eye-opening images of the universe from light we can't see


From the Editor

Fresh Eyes

Seeing everyday experience in a new light



Indelible Images


At a shopping mall in Dubai, Joel Sternfeld documents the peak of consumer culture with his iPhone


Interview with Jane McGonigal, Computer-Game Developer

The "alternate reality game" designer looks to develop ways in which people can combine play with problem-solving

This Month in History

This Month in History

Momentous or Merely Memorable

My Kind of Town

Nature Boy

The author finds inspiration at the doorstep of his Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house near the central California town

Around the Mall

Survival Training, Ferret Style

Before the captive animals can go free, they have to hone their killer instinct at a conservation center in Colorado

From the Castle

Trail Blazing

The Object at Hand

Splittling Image

Even Honest Abe needed a symbol to sum up his humble origins


Bill Moggridge

The director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum discusses the future of computing and design

What's Up

What's Up

Presence of Mind

Battle Station

The famous historian's eyewitness accounts of the Navy during World War II—now being reissued—won't be surpassed

The Last Page

Together, At Last

Doris Day, Miles Davis and Devo share the stage