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September 2013

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Passion Play

For six years, the actor who made his mark as Michael Corleone has been obsessing over a new movie about that ancient seductress Salome

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Tracking Balboa

The first European to glimpse the Pacific from the Americas crossed Panama on foot 500 years ago. Our intrepid author retraces his journey

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No Alpha Males Allowed

Biologist Karen Strier has been studying these peace-loving Brazilian primates and their egalitarian lifestyle for decades

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Soul of the Machine

A new retrospective highlights the artist’s two, seemingly opposite passions

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The Ephemeral City

Every 12 years, one Indian city balloons from a few million residents to tens of millions. How does this happen with such ease?

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Replaceable You

From “i-limbs” to artificial organs, advances in technology have led to an explosion of innovation in the increasingly critical field of prosthetics

Argument from Design

American poet David Yezzi’s latest composition

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Phenomena

Color

The vibrant hues that dot the rainforest landscape help them avoid predators and win mates

Hidden Landscapes

A Milan-based artistic duo uses color to reveal a series of dreamlike panoramas concealed in white light

Coloring Books

An artist reveals how each book has its own unique color spectrum

Phenomena

Glow With the Flow

Researchers have finally found out why the jade-green cup appears red when lit from behind

Phenomena

Gaming the Brain

What happens when your eyes and brain don't agree?

Around the Mall

Into the Wired

Grand-scale ecology brings a Virginia forest under unprecedented scrutiny by Smithsonian researchers

Around the Mall

Playlist

Co-producer and banjo extraordinaire Greg C. Adams talks about Classic Banjo, a collection of American tunes that show off modern banjo's diverse roots

Around the Mall

Ask Smithsonian

A Moon-less Earth, yoga history, climate change and human speech

Books

Books

Some of the best books to put on your reading list

Fast Forward

A first look at the 15,000-square-foot space being built outside of Nanjing, China