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January 2013

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Babies

Born to Be Mild

New research offers surprising answers to the age-old question of where morality comes from

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Rio Revolution

The Brazilian government’s bold efforts to clean up the city’s notoriously dangerous favelas is giving hope to people who live there

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The Frog that Roared

The world’s most charismatic amphibian is upending the conventional wisdom about evolution

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Forever Free

The pen, inkwell and one copy of the document that freed the slaves are photographed together for the first time

Tropi Can Can

Viva Moulin Rouge!

America’s first interracial casino helped end segregation on the Strip and proved that the only color that mattered was green

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Tunnel Vision

An underground scientist is pioneering a new way to learn what the climate was like thousands of years ago

Jaron Lanier

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold 2.0

The digital pioneer and visionary behind virtual reality has turned against the very culture he helped create

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Land of the Rising Son

A mountain hamlet in northern Japan claims Jesus Christ was buried there

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From the Editor

From the Castle

From the Castle

Phenomena

Time

Psychologists and anthropologists debate how different cultures answer the question, “What time is it?”

Test of Time

Among the organisms documented by photographer Rachel Sussman are 80,000-year-old aspen trees and 600,000-year-old bacteria

Phenomena

Jurassic Love Song

Preserved in stone, a set of ancient insect wings are “chirping” once again thanks to the work of entomologists

Phenomena

Expiration Dates

New research suggests we can defy genetic destiny

Phenomena

Social Jet Lag

Switching up your sleep schedule is wreaking havoc on your body’s natural rhythm

Phenomena

Time Warped

Neuroscientists don’t really know how humans keep time, but they have some theories

Phenomena

The Era of Our Ways

Efforts to label the human epoch have ignited a scientific debate between geologists and environmentalists

Phenomena

Ages of Man

A new exhibit in Israel educates kids that being old shouldn’t translate to being sidelined

Books

Books

Also on the docket, travelling by fire and understanding the concept of “antifragility”

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Coast Guard

Smithsonian scientists have taken to the Chesapeake Bay to investigate how marshlands react to the shifting environment

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Playlist

The roots music expert’s latest album is finger-picking good

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Will We Be Able to Prevent an Asteroid Strike and More Questions From Our Readers

Does lightning strike ships at sea and why does American English differ from British English?

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