July 2009

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Terra cotta soldiers

On the March

A traveling exhibition of China's terra cotta warriors sheds new light on the ruler whose tomb they guarded

Nikita Khrushchev watching Can Can

Nikita in Hollywood

Lunch with the Soviet leader was Tinseltown's hottest ticket, with famous celebrities including Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin

Crowd looking at Apollo 11 launch

We Have Liftoff

The launch 40 years ago of Apollo 11, which put a man on the moon, brought Americans together during a time of nationwide unrest

Javier Movellan with robot

Birth of a Robot

Can scientists build a machine that learns as it goes and plays well with others?

Annette von Jouanne at Oregons Otter Rock Beach

Catching a Wave

Electrical engineer Annette von Jouanne is pioneering an ingenious way to generate clean, renewable electricity from the sea

Dr Carlo Croce in his lab

High Hopes for a New Kind of Gene

Scientists believe that microRNA may lead to breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating cancer


Indelible Images

"Salami, Mr. Holcomb?"

The first women to attend the Naval Academy became seniors in 1979. Photographer Lucian Perkins was there as the old order changed


Forest Primeval

An Illinois coal mine holds a snapshot of life on earth 300 million years ago, when a massive earthquake "froze" a swamp in time

My Kind of Town

Keeping Company

Observing ibises and kayaking among sharks, author Barbara Ehrenreich savors life "up the Keys"

Presence of Mind

The Great Escape

For the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Douglas, Arizona was a place to "refresh the wells" and drive into the sunset

From the Editor

My Favorite Commie

Nikita Khrushchev Comes to America

Letters to the Editor


Readers respond to the May Issue

This Month in History

This Month in History

Momentous or Merely Memorable

From the Castle

Forever Yours

Libraries, universities and museums are especially important in uncertain times

Around the Mall

Ant Eye View

A new photo exhibit featuring the work of biologist Mark Moffett reminds us that we still live in an age of discovery

The Object at Hand

Stealth Machine

The SR-71 Blackbird, now featured in the Transformers movie sequel, was faster than a rifle bullet and flew 16 miles above the earth


Q and A: Jean Shin

The artists creates sculptures from castaway objects such as old lottery tickets and broken umbrellas

What's Up

What's Up

The Last Page

There Oughta Be a Law

Centuries hence, historians may wonder: Where exactly did Congress store all those pork barrels?