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Murdering History

The deliberate destruction of antiquities by ISIS and others in the birthplace of human civilization is cultural genocide

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Digital Relics

Scholars create a virtual archive of antiquities destroyed by extremists in Syria and Iraq

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Rescue Mission

Smithsonian experts train a brave band of conservators in northern Iraq to brace buildings and rescue artifacts in a hurry

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Into Thin Air

A pioneering program recruits locals as rangers in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where the elusive cat is battling for survival

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National Treasure: Power Up

With only a circuit board, keyboard and tiny, blurry monitor, the circa 1975 computer looks crude by today’s standards

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The Raging Rebellion of Jones County

A new Hollywood movie looks at the tale of the Mississippi farmer who led a revolt against the Confederacy

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The Lost World

The island’s hunter-gatherers are losing their home to the unquenchable global demand for timber and palm oil

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The Palm Oil Paradox

The trouble with the maligned crop isn’t its popularity, but where it’s planted

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Phenomena

Phenomena: Fascinating Rhythm

The composer himself seemed to see a link between his restlessness and his art

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The Art of Seduction

LACMA and the J. Paul Getty Museum will be showcasing the photographer’s lesser known flower portraits

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Beluga Bubbles

The animal’s whimsical pastime offers insight into the mammalian brain

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Creature Comfort

Microbiology meshes with fashion to create a new kind of cool

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The Evil Twin of Dennis the Menace

Meet the lovable American cartoon character’s sinister counterpart

OMG! We've Been Here B4

When Alexander Graham Bell introduced the telephone, skeptics worried about how it might affect people’s interactions

Missing Saigon

Southeast Asian immigrants are spicing up America’s fast-food capital with banh mi, curried frogs’ legs and pho

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