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Swimming With Sharks
Researchers wince a light on the polka-dotted whale shark, a gentle giant and the largest fish in the sea.
By Juliet Eilperin
Ready for Takeoff
Will unmanned aerial vehicles—drones—soon take civilian passengers on pilotless flights?
By Richard Conniff
Seven All-American Curiosities
There’s an offbeat museum—eerie or edifying—to suit every taste.
A tech tycoon creates culinary oddities and explores cutting-edge food science in a tantalizing 2,438-page tome.
By Jerry Adler
A Setting for Murder
Agatha Christie found a backdrop for mystery at her Devon, England, estate—now open to the public.
By Joshua Hammer
500 Miles of Mayhem
A century ago, the first Indianapolis 500 race started in high excitement and ended in a muddle.
By Charles Leerhsen
Presence of Mind
Don’t Sniff the Antlers: A 14th-century Japanese essayist’s advice for troubled times runs the gamut from quirky to prescient.
The Last Page
The Newlywed Games