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May 2013

Smithsonian May 2013


Opening Announcements, Cover and Contents, Contributions, From the Editor, Discussion, From the Castle



This month our theme is revolution--from paint tubes to paperbacks.

Patriot Games

Nathaniel Philbrick takes on one of the Revolutionary War's most famous and least understood battles

By Tony Horwitz

The Next Revolution

Journalist Mona Eltahawy isn't finished fighting Egyptian oppressoin

By Ron Rosenbaum

Blowing Up the Art World

The Hirshhorn Museum plans to expand in a bold new way

By Joseph Giovannini

"Stem Cells"

A new poem by Amit Majmudar


What's new around the Mall


What's new around the Mall

Fast Forward

Wave Gliders are about to make scientific exploration a lot cheaper and safer


The Body Eclectic

You're not just human. There are countless creatures living inside your body—And they govern your health and happiness

By Richard Conniff

America by the Numbers

An exclusive poll shows Americans crave stronger mathematics, science schooling for U.S. kids

Terence Monmaney

The Printed World

3-D printing promises a factory in every home — and a whole lot more

By Elizabeth Royte

Clear as a Bell

After more than a century, the inventor of the telephone speaks to us

By Charlotte Gray

Block Party

Inside the secret R&D lab where Lego is constructing the world's next generation of engineers

By Franz Lidz

The Road Less Traveled

Sticking with STEM

By / 5W Infographics

X and the City

Take a walk with a mathematician and the streets magically turn into equations, from predicting the height of the tallest skyscraper to estimating the crime rate. Welcome to the brave new world of quantitative urbanism

By Jerry Adler