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June 2014

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Out of Africa, Into the Bronx

From fufu to omo tuo, Ghanaian immigrants are adding their own distinctive flavor to the New York City borough

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The First Wearables

Google Glass is just the latest in a long line of body-borne technologies designed to enhance our lives

Nicholas Alan Cope
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Star Struck

For years patriots clamored for swatches of the enormous flag that raised spirits at “dawn’s early light”

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Voice from the Deep

While captive in a Navy program, a beluga whale named Noc began to mimic human speech. What was behind his attempt to talk to us?

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Father Figure

Whistler’s mother is a superstar. But the painter’s dad has languished in obscurity—until now

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Makeover for Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel is trying an extreme makeover to save its dreamlike setting

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Phenomena

Invasion

How one marvelously preserved fossil sheds light on how the vertebrate invasion of land took place

Phenomena

Trench Warfare

Photographs of the abandoned battlefields reveal the trenches’ scars still run deep

Phenomena

Generation Xbox

Thirty-five years after the arcade game hit it big, its impact is still felt nationwide

Phenomena

Friendly Skies

The FAA will soon allow commercial drones to fly in U.S. airspace, but researchers have found that they aren’t seen as much of a nuisance at all

Around the Mall

Full Flower

Thought to be from a minor artist, this painting proved to be older and more significant than previously thought

Around the Mall

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