Total Eclipse: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Festival of Science, Music, and Celestial Wonder. August 19–21, 2017 in Eastern Oregon.
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Ritual Skulls and Other Magical Objects, in Photos
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witchcraft

Ritual Skulls and Other Magical Objects, in Photos

Spellbinding selections from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
June 23, 2017
The ABCs of WWI, a British Wartime Alphabet Primer
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world war i

The ABCs of WWI, a British Wartime Alphabet Primer

D stands for dreadnought.
June 16, 2017
The Artful Propaganda of Soviet Children’s Literature
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russia

The Artful Propaganda of Soviet Children’s Literature

In 1920s Russia, children read about sugar beets, hydroelectric plants, and five-year plans.
June 15, 2017
Vintage Photos of Traveling Libraries
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photography

Vintage Photos of Traveling Libraries

When bookmobiles brought literature to your doorstep.
June 09, 2017
Cheap Thrills, Private Dicks, and Desperate Dames From the Heyday of Pulp Fiction
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printing

Cheap Thrills, Private Dicks, and Desperate Dames From the Heyday of Pulp Fiction

The enduring appeal of the lowest common denominator.
June 06, 2017
Even World War II Had Its Weird Side
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england

Even World War II Had Its Weird Side

Strange and unexpected photos of wartime innovation, animal mascots, and Churchill in a onesie.
June 01, 2017
The Hypnotic Allure of Cinemagraphic Waves
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waves

The Hypnotic Allure of Cinemagraphic Waves

They rise, swell, or crest—but never truly break.
May 31, 2017
Beautiful Miniature Books That Are Worth Sacrificing Your Eyesight For
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miniatures

Beautiful Miniature Books That Are Worth Sacrificing Your Eyesight For

Good things come in (very) small packages.
May 26, 2017
The Hunt for Ukraine’s Toppled Lenin Statues
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ukraine

The Hunt for Ukraine’s Toppled Lenin Statues

Photographing the hidden afterlives of Soviet monuments.
May 24, 2017
How San Francisco Chronicled Its Own Tech Boom
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san francisco

How San Francisco Chronicled Its Own Tech Boom

A look back at Silicon Valley's adolescence.
May 19, 2017
The Amazing Life and Work of Maria Sibylla Merian
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botanical illustration

The Amazing Life and Work of Maria Sibylla Merian

The beautiful botanical illustrations of a 17th-century entomologist, artist, and adventurer.
May 17, 2017
How (and Why) a Photographer Encased His Latest Book in Concrete
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concrete

How (and Why) a Photographer Encased His Latest Book in Concrete

The insides match the outsides.
May 12, 2017
The Strange and Grotesque Doodles in the Margins of Medieval Books
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medieval

The Strange and Grotesque Doodles in the Margins of Medieval Books

When the edges take center stage.
May 09, 2017
Portable Architecture You Can Roll, Wear, Tow, or Float
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design

Portable Architecture You Can Roll, Wear, Tow, or Float

A sauna on skis and 11 other dwellings made to move.
May 05, 2017
A New Look at the Little-Known Pyramids of Ancient Nubia
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pyramids

A New Look at the Little-Known Pyramids of Ancient Nubia

A photographer’s journey deep into the Sudanese desert.
May 03, 2017
A Photographer’s Quest to Find the Last of the Drive-In Theaters
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theaters

A Photographer’s Quest to Find the Last of the Drive-In Theaters

A fade to black for America’s outdoor silver screens.
April 28, 2017
The Art of the Dronescape
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drones

The Art of the Dronescape

Stunning, dizzying aerial photography from Dronestagram.
April 26, 2017
The World's Most Beautiful and Unusual Chess Sets
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chess

The World's Most Beautiful and Unusual Chess Sets

Pieces so pretty you won’t mind losing.
January 12, 2017
Charming Portraits of Hong Kong’s Shop Cats
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hong kong

Charming Portraits of Hong Kong’s Shop Cats

Meet the adorable cats watching over the city's stores.
January 06, 2017
Mesmerizing Depictions of Magic and Witchcraft Throughout History
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alchemy

Mesmerizing Depictions of Magic and Witchcraft Throughout History

How the occult has been depicted in art, from mandrakes to palmistry.
January 05, 2017
Take a Journey Into One of the World’s Most Impressive Map Collections
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photography

Take a Journey Into One of the World’s Most Impressive Map Collections

Peek inside the Bodleian Library's Map Room.
December 23, 2016
See the Most Captivating Infographics of the Last Century
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photography

See the Most Captivating Infographics of the Last Century

Selections from 128 years of "National Geographic" magazine's best charts, maps and diagrams.
December 21, 2016
Gaze Upon the Faded Glory of Route 66’s Signs
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rituals week

Gaze Upon the Faded Glory of Route 66’s Signs

Photos of neon signs and advertisements along one of America's most iconic highways.
December 14, 2016
Photos of Unique and Beautiful Airports Around the World
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airports

Photos of Unique and Beautiful Airports Around the World

Architecture that redefines what it means to travel in style.
December 09, 2016