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Features
March 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.


Beyond the Brain Thumbnail Beyond the Brain

What goes on within the human skull is more complex and fantastic than anyone imagined. Now science is delving deeper into what we know of the mind.

SURVEY Do your part for science by taking a 15-minute survey on how we communicate with facial expressions.

ONLINE EXTRA Enter the mind of Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, a teenager whose boyhood writings broke the silence of his autism.

FORUM Do you believe in mind over matter? What incidents have you actually witnessed or experienced? Enter>>

VIDEO Watch photographer Cary Wolinsky set up a photo shoot of an infant cradled in the coils of a python. It's chilling.

Frederick Law Olmstead Thumbnail Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted was America's best known landscape architect. Writer, engineer, and visionary, he became a driving force behind many of America's urban parks.

FLASHBACK to 1860 when the U.S. Capitol building awaited its cast-iron dome and the surrounding grounds awaited Frederick Law Olmsted's designing touch.

POSTCARDS E-greet a friend with this historic image of an uncapped Capitol building.

Underwater Ireland Thumbnail Underwater Ireland

With warm currents supporting healthy habitats and a startling host of creatures, these Irish isles are smiling.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the Irish coastline.

SIGHTS & SOUNDS Photographer Brian Skerry reveals a few surprises in Ireland's underwater world, including a diverse multicolored community of sea life thriving in an environment dominated by—what else?—green.

WALLPAPER  Adorn your desktop with splashes of colors from Ireland's underwater sea life.

POSTCARDS E-greet a friend with a tompot blenny finishing its meal—likely a clam, snail, or barnacle—as evidenced by fine bits of shell puffing like smoke through its gills.

Medellín's Mean Streets Thumbnail Medellín's Mean Streets

Violence, drugs, and poverty made for a deadly mix in Colombia's notorious murder capital. Is there hope for a lasting turnaround?

FINAL EDIT Rescued from the cutting-room floor is this month's Final Edit, an image of children splashing away the heat in a Medellín fountain.

MAP Download a printable, high-resolution map of the sprawling metropolis of Medellín.

VIDEO Photographer Meredith Davenport takes you inside the decaying fantasy world of the late drug lord Pablo Escobar—including a bullring, vintage cars, and live hippos—and acquaints you with life in Medellín.

POLL Cast your vote on whether illegal drugs should be legalized.

FORUM With a contract on her life, a Medellín cop risks her family's safety to fight the city's drugs and terrorism. Would you be willing to risk everything to do a dangerous job? Enter>>

Alien Invaders Thumbnail Alien Invaders

When plant and animal species wind up where they don't belong, they can attack ecosystems and economies with terrible consequences.

FORUM Which invasive species keep you in battle mode? Enter>>

ONLINE EXTRA Find out which aliens live in your area.

ZipUSA: 84532 Thumbnail ZipUSA: 84532

The layered red rocks of the Moab, Utah, wilderness became a canvas for artists—ancient and modern.

ONLINE EXTRA Find out the best way to explore Moab's sculptured landscape with these useful travel tips.

VIDEO Poet Judith Wolinsky Steinbergh reads poems inspired by Moab's rugged red beauty.

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

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