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An American laurel for translated masterpieces

The National Book Awards recently created a prestigious prize for works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, translated into English. Authors, translators and readers will benefit.
Two women in character costumes (© Marvel Studios 2018)

Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.
Esperanza Spalding standing with a bass, with explanatory text underneath (State Dept./D. Woolverton. Photo: AP Images)

Here’s a free poster saluting women in music

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding exemplifies women making history in fields that were once nearly exclusively male, like jazz.
Young girl looking at large painting hanging on wall (© Ben Hines)

Marveling at Michelle Obama’s portrait, this girl captures hearts

A photo of Parker Curry, who is 2 years old, in front of a new portrait of Michelle Obama electrified social media and captured hearts around the globe.
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Olympic figure skating: The early years

The evolution of figure skating is linked closely to the modern Olympic movement. The gravity-defying, glamour-loving athletes of today owe their sport to these pioneers on the ice.
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medal (© Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

What’s behind those shiny Olympic medals?

Olympic gold medals are among the most prestigious prizes in sports, bringing fame and fortune. But they're mostly silver, and worth just $576 in metals.
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Top destinations for international travelers to the U.S.

The U.S. remains a top destination for international travelers. Find out who is heading to America and where they go when they get there.
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For the love of dance, an American ballerina visits Russia

A 17-year-old American spent six weeks in Russia learning the language and studying ballet at the Bolshoi. Learn how she did it.
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Where are the most famous U.S. national parks? [quiz]

How well do you know some of America's famed national parks? Take this quiz and find out. You can share your results with others.