baseball

Battered Expectations

Do baseballs obey the conventional laws of physics?

Ring of Brodgar

Iron Men

An Internet guide to the Iron Age Centic culture

flowering wood sorrel

The Other Kinsey Report

Alfred C. Kinsey's scientific interests went well beyond sex.

The highest French court tried a cow in 1546. On the assumption that animals possessed a moral sense, capital punishment was the verdict.

Beasts Before the Bar

Quaint court scenes of yesteryear show that ignorance of the law was once no excuse even for an animal.

Soviet boys

What Makes the Soviet Character?

The anthropologist analyzes a modern culture

three singing mice

The Indoor Explorer

Three Singing Mice

To Kill a Cormorant

Are double-crested cormorants overrunning their niche—or recovering from centuries of suppression?

bonobos exhibit "play face"

Bodies in Sync

Contagious laughter, yawns, and moods offer insight into empathy’s origins.

Picadilly Museum

Glimpses of Early Museums

The genesis of the habitat group

verandaHE VERANDA AT HIGH TIDE: The houses are built upon high piles, and at low tide stand some ten to twelve feet above water level. But at high tide, the lagoon deepens and the veranda becomes a convenient land platform for the canoes which are the only means of transportation in this water Venice.

Living With the Natives of Melanesia

How Ethnological Work Is Carried on by Representatives of the American Museum among Primitive People of the South Seas

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