October 2009

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Cambodia children with malaria

Prescription for Murder

In Southeast Asia, forensic investigators using cutting-edge tools are helping stanch the deadly trade in fake anti-malaria drugs

Newcastle Church High School students

Trekking Hadrian's Wall

A hike through Britain's second-century Roman past leads to spectacular views, idyllic villages and local brews

Amy Herman teaching police officers

Teaching Cops to See

At New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amy Herman schools police in the fine art of deductive observation

Red knots in Delaware Bay

Return of the Sandpiper

Thanks to the Delaware Bay's horseshoe crabs, the tide may be turning for an imperiled shorebird

John Brown raid on Harpers Ferry

Day of Reckoning

The abolitionist's bloody raid on a federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry 150 years ago set the stage for the Civil War

Beheading of St John the Baptist

Looking for Leonardo

Are figures in a Florentine altar panel attributed to Italian artist Andrea del Verrocchio actually by Leonardo da Vinci?

Saturn rings

Out of This World

In the past decade, extraordinary space missions have found water on Mars, magnetic storms on Mercury and volcanoes on the moons of Saturn


From the Editor


Temperatures at the Boiling Point

Indelible Images

Double Play

The famed Chicago Cubs infielders were immortalized in verse—as well as through Paul Thompson's lens


Paper Trail

A chance discovery of police archives may reveal the fate of tens of thousands of people who disappeared in Guatemala's civil war

Presence of Mind

A World Too New

The European discovery of America opened possibilities for those with eyes to see. But Columbus was not one of them



Readers Respond to the July and August Issues

This Month in History

October Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable

Around the Mall


With a steady hand, Xiangmei Gu wields paintbrushes and tweezers as the Smithsonian's only conservator of Chinese paintings

From the Castle

From the Castle



Q and A: Mark Newport

Costume designer Mark Newport talks about knitting outfits for superheroes, both famous (Batman) and unknown (Sweaterman)

What's Up

What's Up

The Last Page

UBI in the Knife and Gun Club

The secret language of doctors and nurses