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Two bumble bees and a crab spider visiting a purple cone flower in DeWitt, Mich.

Each year, monarch butterflies travel nearly 2,500 miles, flying en mass from the colder climate of Canada and the northern states to the warmth of Mexico and Southern California. It is a phenomenon that is both fascinating and perplexing, as scientists don’t know exactly how or why the colorful insects make their annual migration. 

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

There is a long list of important issues shaping the discourse of the 2016 campaign. Terrorism, the economy, immigration, unemployment, and health care are the big topics being debated. There’s one issue of critical importance that is being overlooked. 

A ghost hunter taking an EMF (electro magnetic field) reading, which proponents claim may be connected to paranormal activity.

The next time you have a ghost problem, don’t call the Ghostbusters, call Debi Chestnut. A paranormal investigator with over 30 years' experience, she is the author of numerous books including her most recent, Something Wicked: A Ghost Hunter Explores Negative Spirits (Llewellyn Publications).

Russian artist Ilya Repin’s portrait of Modest Mussorgsky. Repin painted the picture in Mussorgsky’s hospital room just weeks before the composer’s death at age 42.

The last painting composer Modest Mussorgsky posed for shows a tired, bloated man, his nose red from drink, his hair disheveled and unwashed, his eyes mournful. 

Within a few weeks, he would be dead.  

LuminAID, Suntegrity, The Original Worm products

Warm weather draws people outside. Whether you find yourself digging in the garden, relaxing on the beach, or camping in the great outdoors, we’ve rounded up a few products to have on hand.  

A portable masseuse 

Sitting President Dwight Eisenhower shaking hands with President-elect John F. Kennedy.

Compared to some other parts of the world, the United States stands out for two things in particular: freedom of religion and the separation of church and state. A brief discussion about religion’s role in American politics illuminates this Constitutional balance between our nonsecular electoral process and our secular government.

Floyd Davis’s portrait of Bob Hope entertaining U.S. troops during a World War II U.S.O. tour. The emotional realism—especially in the soldiers’ laughing faces—is striking.

In 1943, Life magazine named him America’s number one illustrator. But today, his name and story are obscure at best.

Save for Norman Rockwell, Floyd Davis was arguably the most prolific and successful magazine and commercial artist of the twentieth century. A look back at his career is proof enough. 

When birding in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, look for indigo bunting in low-lying brush.

We pass a flock of wild turkeys as we wind through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. A tom turkey struts, and his tail feathers fan into a showy half circle of fall color. 

London's Illustrated Police News is an example of a true crime tabloid newspaper.

From heroic bandits and highwaymen to methodically brutal killers, these stories are as irresistible as they are terrifying. They appeal to a species of curiosity, a natural human appetite for macabre titillation.