January 2010

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Two male lions in Kenya

The Truth About Lions

The world's foremost lion expert reveals the brutal, secret world of the king of beasts

Colonel Patterson first Tsavo Lion

Man-Eaters of Tsavo

They are perhaps the world’s most notorious wild lions. Their ancestors were vilified more than 100 years ago as the man-eaters of Tsavo

Qumran caves

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Resolving the dispute over authorship of the ancient manuscripts could have far-reaching implications for Christianity and Judaism

King George III and Lord North British leaders

Myths of the American Revolution

A noted historian debunks the conventional wisdom about America's War of Independence

London England Houses of Parliament

Sherlock Holmes' London

As the detective stalks movie theaters, our reporter tracks down the favorite haunts of Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous sleuth

Aboriginal Art

Painted Dreams

Rare artworks from an unsurpassed collection evoke the inner lives and secret rites of Australia’s indigenous people

Otto Glasbrenner German sausages

Wurst Case Scenario

As Germans turn to American-style supermarkets, the local butcher—a fixture in their sausage-happy culture—is packing it in


From the Editor

Meat and Potatoes

Of carnivores and herbivores

Indelible Images

Finding Phineas

An accident with a tamping iron made Phineas Gage history's most famous brain-injury survivor

My Kind of Town

House Calls and Tree Houses

A community in the Allegheny foothills nurtured novelist Jayne Anne Phillips' talent for storytelling



Readers Respond to the November Issue

This Month in History

January Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable

From the Castle

What to Collect?

The Star Spangled Banner and John Glenn's spacesuit were clearly musts. Other artifacts are less obvious

Around the Mall

Riding in Comfort

The Smithsonian Institution pitches in to help NASA prepare for its next lunar mission with a new "home on wheels"

The Object at Hand

Pattern Recognition

Tribes from the Great Plains used quilts as both a practical replacement of buffalo robes and a storytelling device


Q&A: Martin Schoeller

Known for his photographs of celebrities and politicians, the artist doesn't put his portrait subjects on a pedestal

What's Up

What's Up

The Last Page

Proper Manors

What if these meticulously planned communities are not just a modern phenomenon?