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July-August 2013

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13th- to 15th-century female skeleton

CSI: Italian Renaissance

Inside a lab in Pisa, forensics pathologist Gino Fornaciari and his team investigate 500-year-old cold cases

Houston

The Big Heart

As Houston undergoes an ethnic and cultural transformation, its reputation grows as a place where people can dream big and succeed

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Behind the Mask

A new film revives The Lone Ranger, but has it eliminated the TV series’ racist undertones

Bomb dog and trainer

The Education of a Bomb Dog

A top training academy works double time to meet skyrocketing demand for canines who can sniff out danger

Jackie Mitchell, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth

League of Her Own

Of all the strange baseball exploits of the Depression era, none was more surprising than Jackie Mitchell’s supposed feat

ATLAS detector

Mind Over Matter

Before the elusive particle could be discovered—a smashing success—it had to be imagined

Departments

Contributors

Contributors

Letters to the Editor

Discussion

From the Castle

From the Castle

Phenomena

Identity

New technology can identify an individual just from keystrokes

Two Faces, One Portrait

A collage artist combs through glamour shots of forgotten Hollywood actors to create compelling celebrity mashups

Phenomena

Tabula Rasa

A new type of cell could lead to dramatic cures—and avoid ethical controversy

Phenomena

Goodbye Kitty

A look at Japan’s attempt to call itself “cool”

Phenomena

Brain Teaser

Who was “Monseiur Leborgne”?

Phenomena

Talking Code

Artist Guillermo Bert is weaving together technology and Native American tradition

Around the Mall

Star Power

Tim McCoy’s astronomy course is helping to revive the words of the Miami tribe

Around the Mall

Playlist

A new album on Smithsonian Folkways Records captures the effort to sustain a fading musical tradition

Around the Mall

Ask Smithsonian

You asked our curators, they answered

Books

Books

Looking for a good book? We’ve got some suggestions

Fast Forward

This NASA-funded project could head into orbit within just a few years