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Hanging by a String

Evidence that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pull

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From Selma to Ferguson

Biographer Taylor Branch makes a timely argument about civil right leader’s true legacy

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The Lady Vanishes

More than eight decades after she disappeared in the South Pacific, the aviator continues to spark intense passion—and controversy

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The Year that the Stars Fell

The visual recording of life in the nation sheds light on a vanished culture

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PTSD: The Civil War's Hidden Legacy

One hundred and fifty years later, historians are discovering some of the earliest known cases of post-traumatic stress disorder

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Darwin's Forgotten World

The famous naturalist’s revolutionary theory first took shape not in the Galápagos but in the primeval Blue Mountains

Descent of Man

The award-winning poet penned this new piece about evolution

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When Dinosaurs Were Doomed

Canada’s badlands are the place to see fantastic dinosaur fossils (and kitsch)—and eye-opening new evidence about the eve of their fall

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Ancestor's Trail
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Mountain of Life

A hike to the “top of Texas,” the world’s most famous fossil reef, leads to a new sense of the sublime

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Phenomena

Game Changer

The story you’ve heard about the creation of the famous board game is far from true

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Unseen America

An exhibit in Boston highlights unpublished photos from the acclaimed Life magazine photographer

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No Year’s Eve?

Physicists engage in a strange debate about whether time really passes

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Quotations For Sale

Saying exactly what Churchill said isn’t easy—or cheap

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Small Talk: Kevin Ashton

The innovator weighs in on what human life will be like a century from now

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Brain Scan

How do animals with poor vision see in dark locales?

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