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September 2015

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Smithsonian's 21st-Century Life List

Something for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seeker

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The Spirit Bear

The white Kermode bear of British Columbia is galvanizing First Nations people fighting to protect their homeland

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Broken Promise

A piece of concrete serves as a reminder of how Hurricane Katrina shattered a city's faith

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Escape From Boko Haram

In northern Nigeria, a fearless American educator has created a refuge for young women desperate to evade the terrorist group

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Four Funerals and a Wedding

The findings by Smithsonian scientists dig up the dynamics of daily life in the first permanent British settlement in the colonies

Departments

Letters to the Editor

Discussion

Phenomena

Anatomy of an Oath

Francis Bellamy had no idea how famous, and controversial, his quick ditty would become

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Tricked Out

A new photography collaboration aims for an unbearable lightness

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Heated Debate

What can the opah tell us about the deep blue sea

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Ask Smithsonian

You asked, we answered

Legend of the Green Monster

A naturalist cuts through the myths surrounding the invasive plant

Fast Forward

Smart Guard

Professional football, rugby, and other contact sports could benefit from it