Opening Announcements, Cover and Contents, Contributions, From the Editor,
Discussion, From the Castle
This month our theme is language. Language helps us express our deepest thoughts, or obscure them.
The great chess champion plots his next moves in the games of global politics and computer intelligence.
By Ron Rosenbaum
Ecologists are racing across the ice to find out how climate change will affect Arctic ungulates
By Helen Fields
Smithsonian, Books, Fast Forward
What's new around the Mall
Journey into the Kingdom of the Spirits
Michael Rockefellers fate has been a mystery for more than 50 years.
By Carl Hoffmann
Revenge of the Vikings
After decades of scholarship that emphasized their kinder, gentler side, the bad boys of the North are back with a vengeance.
By Franz Lidz
What is the most addictive quiz show in the history of television?
By Ken Jennings
This month hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes will converge in North America greatest wildlife spectacle.
By Alex Shoumatoff
His blockbuster show Cosmos is back. And his weird brilliance shines in a new Library of Congress archive of his papers. Yet Carl Sagan, who did more than anyone to make us dream of extraterrestrial civilizations, would be disappointed to know that we still have not found life out there.
By Joel Achenbach