The True Story of Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s ‘Outlaw King’

The True Story of Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s ‘Outlaw King’

Six weeks before he seized the Scottish crown in March 1306, Robert the Bruce murdered his closest political rival. He’d arranged to meet longtime opponent John “the Red” Comyn at a priory in Dumfries in southern Scotland, ostensibly to discuss...
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World’s Oldest-Known Figurative Paintings Discovered in Borneo Cave

World’s Oldest-Known Figurative Paintings Discovered in Borneo Cave

Hidden in a remote cave buried in the inaccessible rainforests of Indonesian Borneo, a series of rock art paintings are helping archaeologists and anthropologists to rewrite the history of artistic expression. There, scientists have found, enterprising painter...
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Could 3-D Printing Save Music Education?

Could 3-D Printing Save Music Education?

Kaitlyn Hova is many things: a violinist, a web developer, a designer, a composer and a neuroscientist. And it was the blurring of these interests that bore a clear and clever idea. As music programs are being slashed from school...
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This Art Show Is Taking the Literal Pulse of America

This Art Show Is Taking the Literal Pulse of America

Grab the posts in the new interactive exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and in seconds, the lights will go dark. A large incandescent bulb before you will flash in the rhythm of your own heartbeat that you...
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Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic

Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic

The U.S. Constitution owes a huge debt to ancient Rome. The Founding Fathers were well-versed in Greek and Roman History. Leaders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison read the historian Polybius, who laid out one of the clearest descriptions of...
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In Senegal, Female Empowerment, Prestige and Wealth Is Measured in Glittering Gold

In Senegal, Female Empowerment, Prestige and Wealth Is Measured in Glittering Gold

In Dakar, Senegal, a woman goes into a dark, small room called an m’bar, a goldsmith studio. The walls are covered with black dust, and she is there to commission an intricate piece of gold jewelry that will be part...
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‘Genocide gems’: Highly-sought Burmese rubies and sapphires may be enriching Myanmar’s military

‘Genocide gems’: Highly-sought Burmese rubies and sapphires may be enriching Myanmar’s military

Jewellers have made it easy to buy a diamond while keeping your conscience clean. They’ve adopted a passport system showing the origin of every stone, so you can be sure that your hard-earned money isn’t funding a brutal militia in...
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The Real Freddie Mercury

The Real Freddie Mercury

Bohemian Rhapsody will probably not rock you if film critics have anything to say about the new Queen biopic that sees Rami Malek tug on the tight leather pants of Freddie Mercury, the band’s brilliant, frenetic, hedonistic lead singer, who...
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How Close Does “Bohemian Rhapsody” Come to Showing the Real Freddie Mercury?

How Close Does “Bohemian Rhapsody” Come to Showing the Real Freddie Mercury?

Bohemian Rhapsody will probably not rock you if film critics have anything to say about the new Queen biopic that sees Rami Malek tug on the tight leather pants of Freddie Mercury, the band’s brilliant, frenetic, hedonistic lead singer, who...
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The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All. . .Chasing Bigfoot

The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All. . .Chasing Bigfoot

In a sentimental tribute to a man and his best friend, the skeleton of anthropologist Grover Krantz and his dog, Clyde, is on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Enclosed in a glass display...
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