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Cultural Diplomacy

A choreographer expresses the contemporary paradox of being a woman, Muslim, North African, Arab, and artist.

On Trails

Earth's earliest known forms of animal life were trailblazers.

The Eye of a Microbial Camera

“Vision” in single-celled Synechocystis works by principles similar to the human eye.

No Way Out

The fate of the Caspian seal may have been decided five million years ago.

Aerial Assassins

Robber flies are top predators in the insect world.

  • Cultural Diplomacy

    A choreographer expresses the contemporary paradox of being a woman, Muslim, North African, Arab, and artist.

  • On Trails

    Earth's earliest known forms of animal life were trailblazers.

  • The Eye of a Microbial Camera

    “Vision” in single-celled Synechocystis works by principles similar to the human eye.

  • No Way Out

    The fate of the Caspian seal may have been decided five million years ago.

  • Aerial Assassins

    Robber flies are top predators in the insect world.

Samplings

Clues to Collapse

Multiple theories for the decline of Easter Island's civilization may be complementary. 

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Sharks in Our Midst

Their cultural history, prehistory, social systems, and more.

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  • Voracious Evolution

    Discoveries of more complete remains of cartilagenous fishes have shed new light on the prehistory of sharks and their relatives.

  • Sociable Killers

    New studies of the white shark (aka great white) show that its social life and hunting strategies are complex

  • Sharks: Man-Eaters and Others

    With suggestions that Americans turn to economic account some of the smaller species of the Atlantic Coast

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54-Million-Year-Old Skull Reveals Surprises about Early Evolution of Primate Brains

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  • Rad Toys

    Science toys you can build or buy for you and the other kids in your life.

  • Best Things in Life

    Where to find Natural History archives and other free stuff

  • The Third R

    With the spotlight on ’rithmetic, there are now free online sites where you can practice your math skills.

  • Pain in the Knee

    Alternatives to surgery for treating joint pain from arthritis

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A choreographer expresses the contemporary paradox of being a woman, Muslim, North African, Arab, and artist.

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