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Power of Light

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Australia’s Lost Giants

Seven-foot-tall kangaroos, rhino-size browsers, enormous flightless birds, and a predator that could kill them all: Such were the megafauna that once dominated Australia. Then humans arrived, and most of the giant animals vanished. Did the Ice Age finally catch up with them? Or did humans hunt megafauna to extinction?
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Flesh and Bone

A new generation of scientists bring dinosaurs back to life.
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Slipping the Bonds

Humans in space.
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The Next Big One

Where on earth will it strike?
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D.C.’s New Groove

Maybe it’s the shift of power from Manhattan, maybe it’s a new optimism, but the city inside the Beltway has jettisoned its staid image for a wholesale revival of wide swaths of the cityscape.

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The 21st Century Grid

Can we fix the infrastructure that powers our lives?

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At the Heart of All Matter

The hunt for the God particle.
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Life beyond Earth

There is no conclusive evidence of any life beyond Earth, but there is hope: If microbes can live in the pores of rock deep beneath the Earth or at the rim of a scalding Yellowstone spring, then they might find a place like Mars not so shabby.

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The Boy on the Bus

Growing up in 1970s Florida, I was a small cog in America’s grand integration project. We thought it worked. Did it?

Jul 2007
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What Does a President Really Do All Day?

Apr 2008
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In a Big Year for Telescopes, Much Peering into Wallets

Jan 2009
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A Museum on Woodstock, with a Haircut

Oct 2007
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Land of the Giants

In the race for president, do the little people still matter?
May 2007
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The Idle Dream

In anti-luxe times, Sheila Johnson’s resort goes dormant.

Apr 2009
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Critique of Pure O.J.

Mar 1995
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Bet on America

Forget the Doom and Gloom. In 50 Years, We’ll Still Be No. 1.

Sep 2007
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Landscape, with Candidates

The exhausting campaign for the presidential nominations isn’t just about winning delegates, it’s about creating images. Uniquely American images.

Jul 2008
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Racing through Space Had Become Routine

Feb 2003
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Why We Keep on Truckin’

May 2007
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Gambling Capital Is Flush with Empty Houses

Oct 2008
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The Conservatives’ “Cleansing” Moment

Some, deploring GOP missteps, see adversity as a chance to get back to basics.

Mar 2009
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In Search of the Next Frontier

After half a century of exploration, there is still much left to discover.
Sep 2008
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How Fannie—and You—Bought a Hapless House

Sep 2008