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January 2005

Browse our online feature highlights, from writers’ and photographers’ behind-the-scenes field adventures to printable maps and multimedia showstoppers. Every feature includes a Web-exclusive photo gallery, a full resource listing, and much more.

Caffeine Thumbnail Caffeine

Slurped in black coffee or sipped in green tea, gulped down in a soda or knocked back in a headache pill, caffeine is the world's most popular psychoactive drug.

INTERACTIVE QUIZ  So you think you know everything about the highs and lows of java? Test your caffeine IQ.

SIGHTS & SOUNDS Get a buzz as photographer Bob Sacha takes you around the world to explore the international appetite for caffeine.

POLL Cast your vote on whether you need caffeine to function during the day.

FORUM What's your secret for brewing a good pot of coffee? Enter>>

FLASHBACK to 1954 when the U.S. Board of Tea Experts used a spinning table and spittoons to demonstrate tea tasting to a New York women's club president.

Growing Up Cheetah Thumbnail Growing Up Cheetah

Vigilant mother cheetahs in Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve must fight the odds—and stronger predators—as they raise their cubs on the run.

WALLPAPER Decorate your desktop with an image of a fearless 14-month-old male cheetah.

Ancient Italy Thumbnail Ancient Italy

In the centuries leading up to the birth of the empire, ancient Italy saw the rise and fall of a host of cultures—Umbrians, Samnites, Faliscans, and others. All left their mark on the life of the modern country. Now archaeologists are learning more about how these early Italians thought, fought, worked, and worshipped.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the land once occupied by the predecessors of today's Italians.

POSTCARDS E-greet a friend with an image of sizzling celebration on the eve of the feast of Sant' Antonio Abate in Novoli, Italy.

FINAL EDIT Rescued from the cutting-room floor is this month's Final Edit, an image of a sublimely lit street in Gubbio, Italy.

Among the Berbers Thumbnail

Among the Berbers

Isolated in Morocco's High Atlas range, the mountain Berbers take pride in holding on to a traditional culture now largely lost to their urban kin. But life is still a hard climb in these rugged hills.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the author's route along the spine of the High Atlas range.

MULTIMEDIA Multiple brides and grooms are married in a traditional Berber wedding. Photographer Alexandra Boulat describes the blessed—and bustling—mass wedding.

Yosemite Thumbnail Yosemite

Breaking free from the crush of tourists in the beloved national park can lead you to a tranquil time and place beyond the valley of wonders.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the grand expanse of Yosemite National Park.

FORUM Naturalist John Muir wrote of Yosemite: "Keep close to Nature's heart, yourself; and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods." What do you do when you need to commune with nature? Enter>>

ONLINE EXTRA Learn everything you need to know about packing up and heading out for the wild beauty of Yosemite.

ZipUSA: 39428 Thumbnail ZipUSA: 39428

Travel down Mississippi's Hot Coffee Road on a java junkie's quest for true brew.

MULTIMEDIA There's more to Hot Coffee, Mississippi, than the expectation of a steaming cup of brew. Just ask author Peter Gwin and resident Martha Diehl.

FORUM What's your secret for brewing a good pot of coffee? Enter>>

NOMINATE your own wonderful, weird, or wacky choices for this magazine series. Enter>>



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