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Farewell: Americans we lost in 2017

In 2017, we said goodbye to many Americans who shaped our world. Learn how their contributions broke new ground in various fields.
Five-person musical band performing with guitars, drums and keyboard (© Peter Simon/Getty Images)

Rock’s Hall of Fame announces inductees for 2018 [video]

Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, the Cars, and Nina Simone are entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Learn what makes these performers stand out.
People looking at Great Sphinx and pyramids (© Alan Tsai/Getty Images)

U.S. helps Egypt preserve antiquities

U.S.-Egyptian teamwork is protecting many of Egypt's most historic sites, including the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, from groundwater and other threats.
Four monks in orange robes hanging orange drape on temple (© Stanley J. Staniski/Smithsonian Institution)

U.S. museums explore the art of different faiths

Religious themes have inspired much of the world's great art, and three U.S. museum exhibitions are exploring links between religion and creativity.
Man arranging food on a plate behind a food service counter, with buffalo hide on wall behind him (© Carol Guzy)

Teaching visitors about Native American cuisine

Curious about Native American cultures? Then visiting a restaurant dedicated to Native foods should be on your agenda, says a prominent Navajo chef.
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MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners include innovators with global reach [video]

The 2017 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" recipients include innovators and visionaries in the arts, science and the humanities.
Farmer leaning over full-grown cotton plants (© Design Pics Inc/Alamy)

Cotton woos Chinese textile giant to Arkansas

The arrival of a Chinese textile plant in Forrest City, Arkansas, will help local cotton farmers while showcasing sturdy U.S.-China economic ties.
Miniature barn depicting man hanging from noose (State Dept./S.L. Brukbacher)

Murders in miniature: The woman who advanced forensic science

Frances Glessner Lee became the "godmother of forensic science" with her miniature studies of unexplained death. A museum exhibition tells her story.
Statue of head of a cat (© Smithsonian Institution)

Exhibit explores role of cats in ancient Egypt

Long before cat videos took over the Internet, cats had a starring role in ancient Egypt. Learn about them through a new exhibit, Divine Felines.