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Prehistoric Stone Balls--a Mystery

Hundreds dot the Costa Rican jungle, as baffling as the monuments of Stonehenge.


Far from the Forests of the Night

Tigers and other “exotics” have become hefty commodities in the U.S.

Meet the Alloparents

Shared child care may be the secret of human evolutionary success.

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China Syndrome

An Internet guide to the technological wonders of the Middle Kingdom

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The Creation Myths of Cooperstown

Or why the Cardiff Giants are an unbeatable and appropriately named team.

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Egypt’s Young and Restless

Through Islam and the Internet, a new generation seeks its fair share.

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Mental Mirrors

Special cells in the brain mimic the actions and intentions of others, forming the basis of empathy and social connections.

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Skating through the Ages

Skaters have been speeding up over the centuries, thanks to better footwear.


Body English

An Internet guide to gestures, signs and body language


Shakespeare in the Bush

An American anthropologist set out to study the Tiv of West Africa and was taught the true meaning of Hamlet.

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