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Profile, Around the Mall
Rapacious mining to satisfy worldwide lust for the precious metal is destroying pristine rainforest in the Amazon
By Donovan Webster
Mystique of the Mother Road
Foreign tourists and local preservationists are bringing stretches of storied Route 66 back to life.
By David Lamb
The Orchid Olympics
The exotic flowers seduce pollinators of every kind, from moths and birds to the extreme breeders at the 20th World Orchid Conference.
By Somali Roy
Mad for Dickens
In which our author revisits the haunts of the inimitable novelist on the 200th anniversary of his birth, revels in his astonishing life and work, and visits a theme park.
By Joshua Hammer
Two thousand years before Picasso, artists in Egypt painted some of the most arresting portraits in the history of art.
By Smithsonian Magazine
A Big Move
By Mark Strauss