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A Capitol Commencement

First lady Michelle Obama inspires graduates and recounts the university's "year of service."

By Jamie L. Freedman

First lady Michelle Obama lit up the stage at The George Washington University's 2010 Commencement, delivering an inspiring keynote address against the majestic backdrop of the U.S. Capitol. Read more >

On the cover: Photo by William Atkins

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A Human Family Reunion

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History comes to life with the help of GW professors and students.

By Danny Freedman

Never mind the universe. Consider this: We weren't alone on this planet all that long ago. Just a hop or two back in time—as recently as 70,000 years ago—there were at least four species of humans roaming the Earth, including our own. Read more >

Decoding the Spectrum

Can autism be diagnosed by a simple blood test? For one professor, the quest is personal.

By Danny Freedman

Down a side hallway and in a cluttered office tucked away inside a lab, Valerie Hu is attempting to crack one of biology's most vexing riddles: her son. Read more >