September 2019

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From the Tide Pool to the Stars

A legendary writer, a quirky biologist and their jolly adventure in the Sea of Cortez

Lake Mungo

The Homecoming

At long last, the remains of Mungo Man are at rest after an agonizing clash between modern science and an ancient spirituality

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Saturn's Surprise

Recent discoveries suggest that the planet's distinctive feature may be gone in the cosmic blink of an eye

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The New Treasures of Pompeii

From gorgeous artworks to grimacing corpses, archaeologists are still uncovering the truth about life—and death—in the doomed city



Your thoughts on tourism in the Holy Land, Herman Melville and invasive pythons


Life of Pie

How did a humble dessert become a recipe for democracy?


Breathing Rooms

Adrien Broom's series brings vitality to how we think about the likes of Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner or Mark Twain


The Nation's Unsettled Account

The $2,500 verdict, the largest ever of its kind, offers evidence of the generational impact such awards can have


How to Read Like Mark Twain

Step one: Pretend you don't like books


War and Piece

Within the Smithsonian's collections exists a telltale trace of the weapon that would change the world forever


Riches of the Spanish Main

A deep dive into the archives yields hundreds of long-forgotten journeys

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