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Housing market illustration
It has been a good year for the housing market. Since spring 2012, home prices have continued on a steady upward trajectory, and based on the latest numbers, they re holding course. According to a new report from online real estate marketplace Zillow (zillow.com), home value appreciations have posted their sixth consecutive month of gains, exceeding 5% in April 2013. Indeed, the housing market...
Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America’s Minister to France During the Siege and Commune of Paris
Michael Hill spends a typical workday at a desk poring over papers, typing at his computer, meeting with clients. Though his routine sounds like your run-of-the-mill office job, it’s far from it. Instead of spreadsheets and memos, Hill’s business is the letters and diaries of history’s most illustrious characters. His office is any one of the world’s libraries and archives...
Let there be light
Thomas Edison once remarked that he had never perfected an invention that didn t serve the public. I find out what the world needs, he said, then I proceed to invent. During the last quarter of the 19th century, the Wizard of Menlo Park and dozens of other inventors had their eyes trained on a new source of light one that would require no fuss or maintenance. Light by electricity promised a...
1913 Armory Art Show
A century ago, the United States was a nation full of promise, but it was not the world leader it is today. Woodrow Wilson was president, people were marching in the streets in support of the women s suffrage movement, and New York City became home of the world s tallest building when the Woolworth Building opened in April of 1913. The spirit of change and America s unlimited potential were...
At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past
We don’t give it a second thought. As night falls, our headlights brighten our paths of travel, neighborhood streetlights make quiet evening strolls safer, and lamps perched on bedside tables illuminate the pages of our favorite books. With the flip of a switch, our world goes from night to day. But prior to the advent of efficient and readily accessible light by oil, gas, and electricity,...
Dog dish of pet medication
Many Americans grapple with the high cost of prescription medications. When a family member needs an expensive medication, most people do whatever they can to make sure their loved one gets that drug. But what if that family member is a pet? While human medicine is frequently supported by insurance, that is frequently not the case for our four-legged family members, and even relatively routine or...
DNA double helix
The most avid genealogists can trace their ancestral histories back several hundred years, but beyond that point the trail often runs cold, at least for researchers working with paper. In 2005, geneticist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Spencer Wells launched an ambitious endeavor that essentially amounts to genealogy on steroids. Far from the traditional dusty documents and...
National Geographic's 125th anniversary
On January 13, 1888, 33 of the nation’s intellectual and scientific leaders gathered in Washington, D.C.—their objective, to create an institution aimed at “the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.” The result was an organization that, to this day, is synonymous with exploration and discovery. The last 125 years has presented a string of milestones for the...
Clara Barton
Each year, the American Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the U.S. Whether a single-family home burns down or a hurricane displaces tens of thousands, the American Red Cross is there to offer aid, shelter, food, and health care. They also support military families, provide for more than 40% of the U.S. blood supply, offer health and safety services like CPR training, and...