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May 2013

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The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill

Patriot Games

Nathaniel Philbrick takes on one of the Revolutionary War’s most famous and least understood battles

Mona Eltahawy

The Next Revolution

The Egyptian-American activist speaks out on the dangers women still face in a changing Mideast

Hirshhorn

Blowing Up The Art World

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum looks to expand in a bold new way

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The Body Eclectic

Scientists are just now beginning to recognize the importance of the vast community of microbes that dwells inside us


In the Amazon

Microbe Hunters

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America by the Numbers

An exclusive poll shows Americans crave stronger mathematics, science schooling for U.S. kids

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The Printed World

The new technology promises a factory in every home—and a whole lot more

Bell's voice

Clear as a Bell

Smithsonian researchers used optical technology to play back the unplayable records

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Block Party

With programmable robots and student competitions, Lego is making “tinkering with machines cool again”

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X and the City

Experts in the emerging field of quantitative urbanism believe that many aspects of modern cities can be reduced to mathematical formulas

“Stem Cells”

A new poem by Amit Majmudar

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Contributors

From the Editor

From the Editor

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From the Castle

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Phenomena

Revolution

For a brief period in 1810, Florida was truly a country of its own

Dreamscapes

Jerry Uelsmann and other artists manually blended negatives to produce dreamlike sequences

Phenomena

The Paper Chase

This simple innovation transformed the reading habits of an entire nation

Phenomena

The Writings on the Wall

Cairo’s artists have turned their city’s walls into a vast social network

Phenomena

Sunblocked

Vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunlight could be an unexpected long-term consequence of the Iranian revolution


Phenomena

Color App

Without this simple invention, impressionists such as Claude Monet wouldn’t have been able to create their works of genius

Around the Mall

Noises On

Jennie C. Jones has the answer. Her first solo museum show opens at the Hirshhorn in May

Around the Mall

This Just In

The piece by Taiwanese artist Cindy Chao has a surprise revealed only under ultraviolet light

Playlist

A conversation with the producer of "Classic Harmonica Blues," an album that captures a harmonica revolution

Around the Mall

Ask Smithsonian

Apollo 11 souvenirs, Walt Whitman’s politics, and dinosaur DNA were among the subjects you wanted to know more about

Books

Books

Growing up as a poor Astor and the roots of psychiatry