May 2011

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La Danta

Lost City of the Maya

Now overgrown by jungle, the ancient site was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization

Ueno district ablaze


The powerful quake and ensuing tsunami that struck Yokohama and Tokyo traumatized a nation and unleashed historic consequences

Dr Druker with patient

The Triumph of Dr. Druker

Oncologist Brian Druker developed a new treatment for a deadly cancer, leading to a breakthrough that has transformed medicine

Presque Isle cove

By the Shores of Gitche Gumee

Immortalized by Longfellow, the Midwest's preferred vacation spot offers unspoiled forests, waterfalls and coastal villages

San Miguel bell tower

Faithful Monuments

A poignant reminder of the region's fraught history, missions such as San Miguel are treasured for their stark beauty

Morikami landscape

A Garden Through Time

A thousand years of Japanese landscape designs unfold at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach


Have Meme, Will Travel

Our world is a place where information can behave like human genes and ideas can replicate, mutate and evolve


From the Editor

Extraordinary Discoveries

In archaeology and medicine

Letters to the Editor


Indelible Images

Photo Finish

Photographer Henry Carfagna was in the perfect position to catch the moment when a horse race took a bizarre turn


Singing Mice

A scientist has discovered that high-pitched sounds made by the small rodents could actually be melodious songs

This Month in History

May Anniversaries

From the Castle


Around the Mall

Paging Doctor Hippocrates

The Smithsonian's Alain Touwaide studies ancient books to identify medicines used thousands of years ago

The Object at Hand

Larger Than Life

The Haitian revolutionary joins the Smithsonian Museum of African Art's collection

Making History

Timeless Images

Recently discovered photographs depict the aftermath of the devastating California earthquake in a new light

What's Up

What's Up

The Last Page

Ad Nauseam

Recreating a Roman banquet seemed like a good idea