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From the Editors

Our story about Rome’s Via Margutta, and the list of other endearing small streets around the world, triggered an epidemic of wanderlust. “I really want to visit here one day,” Geni Wojtek says on Facebook. “I fell in love with it in Roman Holiday and I would love to see it in person.” Many people nominated their own favorite small streets, such as Ulica Mariacka in Gdansk, Poland, Sogukcesme Sokagi in Istanbul, Carnaby Street in London and Kurfürstendamm in Berlin. The stunning glacier photography by Daniel Beltrá garnered thousands of likes on Facebook and hundreds of retweets. As @ZoeRey says, “Awesome, awesome #Climate Change images.” Another reader, Richard Bonomo, was pleased all around. “This has to be the best issue I’ve ever read, between the Civil War and Lafayette articles. I was fascinated with the unknown details in those articles.”

Chauvet Cave

I only wish that technology was more often used for projects of importance to the human species as a whole, like this one. This is an amazing re-creation that will in turn save the original site for generations to come.

Tricia Rowan Brensinger, Facebook

Lovely article, but how typical that the men would want to dismiss the female discoverer of the cave!

Mia Tolliver, Facebook

It is a great idea since the actual cave is too fragile to allow anyone but select scientists inside. Sure, we can see the reprints and photos, but to be able to experience the actual scale of the cave was what was always missing.

Chris Hsu, Facebook

Bee Comeback

How about asking if our yards were returned to meadows [“Field Study”]? There is a good chance your yard was once a pasture or a field. Even if hedgerows were re­established, as they once were after the Dust Bowl, and ditches did not get mowed, a huge impact would be made.

Theresa Rosado, Facebook

Solar Plane

Excellent news here [“The Light Stuff”]. We hope the solar-cells technology will be refined and nano-reduced for commercial use as a source of basic energy for everything.

Hernan Saavedra, Facebook

This is a great adventure with, I’m sure, some benefits for mankind in the future. Bulldozers were an offshoot of WWI tanks, and web strapping, necessary to cargo shipping, was a Vietnam-era enlightenment. I guess the trees cut down to widen a landing strip at one stop is a small price to pay for this adventure if it pans out.

howieone, Online Comment

Lincoln Lessons

I have read many books and articles relating to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, but none more personal and intense than “The Blood Relics” in your March issue. James L. Swanson’s engrossing story makes you feel you are right there at the time it happened. I was spellbound. And the photos by Cade Martin gave insight and added to the drama. As Mr. Swanson suggests, it is sad that until now we have dismissed the Ford Theatre historical site on the April 14 anniversary; but, hopefully, this article and changes being made will inspire future generations to remember that history is more than just numbers and dates—it is part of our everyday lives.

Kitty Pherson, Macungie, Pennsylvania

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