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Lost City of the Maya
Now overgrown by jungle, the ancient site of El Mirado was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization.
By Chip Brown
In 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake and its tsunami shook the very foundations of Japanese culture and society.
By Joshua Hammer
The Triumph of Dr. Druker
An oncologist’s determination to develop a new treatment for a deadly cancer led to a breakthrough that is transforming medicine.
By Terence Monmaney
By the Shores of Gitch Gumee
Immortalized by Longfellow, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is still worth celebrating, from its rocky cliffs to its Gilded Age cabins.
By Jonathan Kandell
California’s early Spanish missions stand as poignant reminders of the state’s fraught past.
By Jaime Katz
A Garden Through Time
Ten centuries of Japanese landscape design unfold at South Florida’s Morikami Museum.
By Thomas Swick
Have Meme, Will Travel
The author explores a parallel universe where ideas replicate, mutate and evolve like genes.
By James Gleick
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