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February 2013

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The First Americans

Recent scientific findings date their arrival earlier than ever thought, sparking hot debate among archaeologists

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See for Yourself

Encounter the fossils and other remnants of the lives left behind by the continent’s original settlers

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The Dragon King

A visit to one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations could be your last

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America’s Dinosaur Playground

Countless bones and a billion years of geological action make Dinosaur National Monument the go-to park for fossil finds

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Darwin In The House

Home to the naturalist for 40 years, the estate near London was always evolving

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"Evolution of the Host"

Banksy

Art Attack

On his way to becoming an international icon, the subversive and secretive street artist turned the art world upside-down

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Lincoln Must Die!

On the eve of his first inauguration, President Lincoln snuck into Washington at night, evading the would-be assassins who waited for him in Baltimore

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Last Words

Geoffrey Khan is racing to document Aramaic, the language of Jesus, before its native speakers vanish

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From the Editor

From the Editor

From the Castle

From the Castle

Phenomena

Origins

One writer’s unexpected bout of unemployment inspired him to catalogue the misadventures of those who came before him

In the Beginnings

Each culture has its own version of how the universe began. Artist Noah MacMillan brings this “visual vocabulary” to life

Phenomena

Classical Gas

By testing ice cores in Greenland, scientists can look back at environmental data from millennia past

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Nuclear Forensics

Scientists are busy tracking the sources of stolen uranium in the hopes of deterring crime—and prevent the weapons getting into the wrong hands

Phenomena

We Need A Hero

How does following the adventures of Spider-Man and Batman inspire us to cope with adversity?

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Write and Wrong

And ending sentences with a preposition is nothing worth worrying about

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Rocky Start

The Building Blocks of Life May Have Come From Outer Space

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The Little Bang

When was the first-ever rocket built?

Books

Books

Taking a closer look at some of the newest releases in non-fiction

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O Pioneers

What would otherwise be a local-interest story became a snapshot of history integral to the American experience

Around the Mall

Playlist

A new release from Smithsonian Folkways highlights the talent of a bluegrass master

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This Just In

The Flyknit racer is currently in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

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Ask Smithsonian

You asked? We answered

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Fast Forward

The ship that went aground one year ago is slowly but surely being turned upright and salvaged