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September 2014

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From Iraq to a Hard Place

Familiar fare—qeema, biryani, dolma—offers comfort to the thousands of refugees starting life over in Phoenix

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Snapshot Nation

A century before drones cruised the skies, American camera hounds made photography a personal art

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What Lies Beneath

A new Smithsonian Channel show reveals groundbreaking research that may explain what really went on there

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A Few of her Favorite Things

In her latest book, the noted artist juxtaposes treasured personal objects with items from the Smithsonian design museum

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Angry Bird

The famed bird now finds itself at the center of a flap over de-extinction

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The Wildest Idea on Earth

The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event

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Phenomena

Waves

The equations that describe these movements are equivalent to those that govern waves

Phenomena

Making Waves

A German photographer made a name for himself by treating his photos like last night's leftovers

Phenomena

Red Alert

In the public imagination, heat waves remain a B-list natural disaster, but in reality, they are deadly

Phenomena

Perfect Storm

New technology can precisely recreate eight open-water conditions

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One Wave or Another

There will always be a new music craze out to getcha, getcha, getcha

Phenomena

The Big Ones

How do waves even get this big?

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Uneasy Peace

These documents were both a cause and a salve for the fraught relations between the United States and Indian Nations

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Rosetta's Stone

The lander will hopefully reveal new truths about what the icy objects actually are