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    Not Merely the Finest TV Documentary Series Ever Made

    A reflection on Bronowski’s “The Ascent of Man.”

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    The Periodic Stranger

    When exile becomes home.

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    Cancer, the Consummate Traveler

    Disrupting cancer’s diaspora may lead to new therapies.

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    The Madness of the Planets

    Our home in the universe continues to rock out of control.

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    Our Prodigal Sun

    Searching the heavens for our sun’s family.

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    How to Build a Better Bat Cave

    Paul Kingsbury/The Nature Conservancy In the winter of 1975, a biologist named Merlin Tuttle bought himself a state-of-the-art digital thermometer and set out on a road trip from Wisconsin down to Florida. Tuttle, who was in his mid-30s and sporting a brown, push-broom mustache, was trying to measure something that no one had really measured […]

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    Iron Curtain of the Mind—Our Tangled Thoughts on Geography

    An East German border guard keeps a lookout for people trying to escape from communist Berlin to freedom on the other side of the wall. US National Archives How well do we know the countries we call home? It seems obvious that travel and study would improve a person’s knowledge of geography. But could attitudes […]

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    Ingenious: Ian Tattersall

    The meaning of home in human evolution.

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    At first glance, home may seem to be a human construct, an intersection of time, place, and emotion that is unique to our mental sphere, and disjoint from science. But animals also have homes, whether it is a beaver dam or a termite mound. So homes clearly extend beyond the human. And bacteria have homes […]

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    The Harshest Return

    Living in Antarctica is hard; coming home can be harder.