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The Evolving Narrative of How Everything Began

To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

On the Origin of Spices

How humans ignored some plant defenses and became attracted to their taste and smell

Viruses: the Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

Some of these biological agents are being recruited  to combat bacterial infections.

Neuroeconomics

Brains combine critical, immediate payoffs with exceptional costs.

Profiling a Pandemic

Who were the victims of the Spanish flu?

  • The Evolving Narrative of How Everything Began

    To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

  • On the Origin of Spices

    How humans ignored some plant defenses and became attracted to their taste and smell

  • Viruses: the Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

    Some of these biological agents are being recruited  to combat bacterial infections.

  • Neuroeconomics

    Brains combine critical, immediate payoffs with exceptional costs.

  • Profiling a Pandemic

    Who were the victims of the Spanish flu?

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shark fin

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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Museum Quiz

American Museum—unique clearinghouse of information

  • Sociable Killers

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

  • A Fossil Comes to Life

    One of the most important zoological discoveries of the present century gives us a glimpse at the closest living relative of our fish-like ancestors.

  • Patagonian Oasis

    Even amid the wind-swept desolation of southern Argentine a haven may occasionally be found.

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Ignacius graybullianus

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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To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

How humans ignored some plant defenses and became attracted to their taste and smell