A Triumph in the War Against Cancer
Theres a photograph of LaDonna Lopossa that helps tell the story. Shes all smiles, lying on the grass in a vaguely Betty Grable manner atop her own cemetery plot. The portrait was her husbands ideain…
Length: 28 minutes (7005 words)
El Mirador, the Lost City of the Maya
Had we been traveling overland, it would have taken two or three days to get from the end of the road at Carmelita to El Mirador: long hours of punishing heat and drenching rain, of mud and…
Length: 21 minutes (5434 words)
Swimming With Whale Sharks
At the moment, Rafael de la Parra has but one goal: to jump into water churning with whale sharks and, if he can get within a few feet of one, use a tool that looks rather like a spear to attach a…
Length: 9 minutes (2349 words)
Drones are Ready for Takeoff
During a test flight last year off the Pacific coast of Latin America, an aerial drone launched from the USS McInerney relayed back to the ship video of an open skiff speeding across the water. The…
Length: 19 minutes (4933 words)
One Hundred Years of the Indy 500
The men of the early 20th-century motor press sometimes referred to the 13th circuit of an automobile racecourse as the hoodoo lap, not because more bad stuff happened then, but because they…
Length: 20 minutes (5177 words)
How Arlington National Cemetery Came to Be
One afternoon in May 1861, a young Union Army officer went rushing into the mansion that commanded the hills across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. "You must pack up all you value immediately…
Length: 22 minutes (5728 words)
Learning from the Missile Crisis
It was a lovely autumn day 40 years ago this month, a day not unlike September 11, 2001, when Americans realized that the oceans no longer protected us from enemy attack. Those old enough that…
Length: 24 minutes (6019 words)
The Beer Archaeologist
Its just after dawn at the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where the ambition for the morning is to resurrect an Egyptian ale whose recipe dates back several hundred centuries. But…
Length: 21 minutes (5287 words)
How the Battle of Little Bighorn Was Won
Editors note: In 1874, an Army expedition led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer found gold in the Black Hills, in present-day South Dakota. At the time, the United States recognized the hills as…
Length: 33 minutes (8347 words)
What is Killing the Bats?
Inside the gaping mouth of Mammoth Cave, hibernating bats sleep in permanent twilight, each huddled in its own limestone crevice. Every fall, these big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) squeeze their…
Length: 15 minutes (3800 words)
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