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A view deep into space from the Hubble Space Telescope shows numerous galaxies, huge collections of stars like the Milky Way. A century ago, astronomers called those galaxies “island universes,” a term introduced by Civil War general Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel.

Oliver Sacks

WANDERING MIND  In an anthology of wide-ranging essays, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks celebrates the beauty — and mysteries — of the world and the people, animals and plants that inhabit it.

Anchorage quake damage

SHAKEN UP  In 1964, the largest recorded earthquake in North American history shook Alaska to its core (damage in Anchorage, shown) and provided proof of tectonic plate movement.

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