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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For Sale: A Button That Helped Change World War II
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For Sale: A Button That Helped Change World War II

Bomber release buttons were the final push—literally—in the 1943 Dambusters raid.
June 27, 2017
The Enduring Legacy of the Worcester Whirlwind
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The Enduring Legacy of the Worcester Whirlwind

Cyclist Marshall W. "Major" Taylor was the first internationally famous African-American athlete.
June 26, 2017
Meet the Belfast 'Fatberg,' the Grossest Thing You'll See All Day
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Meet the Belfast 'Fatberg,' the Grossest Thing You'll See All Day

The mass of grease and baby wipes has been slowly amassing beneath the streets.
June 26, 2017
All the Animals That Love Touchscreens
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All the Animals That Love Touchscreens

From wolves to penguins to tortoises, creatures of all stripes are discovering the joys of computing. Could it improve their lives?
June 23, 2017
Red-Winged Blackbirds Are Attacking People in Chicago
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Red-Winged Blackbirds Are Attacking People in Chicago

Someone just sued over it.
June 23, 2017
America's Oldest Log Cabin Is For Sale
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America's Oldest Log Cabin Is For Sale

"Nothnagle Log Home," a registered National Historic Site, could be yours for $2.9 million.
June 22, 2017
This Ikea Bowl Has Been Setting Things on Fire
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This Ikea Bowl Has Been Setting Things on Fire

The innocent-looking "Blanda blank" is a pyromaniac.
June 21, 2017
The Mysterious Dolphins of the Potomac
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The Mysterious Dolphins of the Potomac

Almost nothing is known about the hundreds of bottlenoses who spend their summers near D.C.—but a group of researchers is trying to change that.
June 20, 2017
Stolen: An Amputated Toe Used to Make Cocktails
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Stolen: An Amputated Toe Used to Make Cocktails

The Downtown Hotel's famous "Sourtoe Cocktail" is now missing its garnish.
June 20, 2017
The Lion-Shaped Maps That United a Nation
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The Lion-Shaped Maps That United a Nation

Back in the 16th century, the "Leo Belgicus" helped the Netherlands win a long war for independence.
June 19, 2017
It's Really, Really Hot in the Southwest United States
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It's Really, Really Hot in the Southwest United States

In some cities, temperatures may breach 120°F this week.
June 19, 2017
Beavers Are Back in Cornwall
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Beavers Are Back in Cornwall

After a 500-year absence, two of the toothy mammals are now sniffing around a local pond.
June 16, 2017
Beatrix Potter's Greatest Work Was a Secret, Coded Journal She Kept as a Teen
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Beatrix Potter's Greatest Work Was a Secret, Coded Journal She Kept as a Teen

It took a dedicated superfan 13 years to translate it.
June 16, 2017
Algae Are Painting the Black Sea With a Huge, Turquoise Swirl
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Algae Are Painting the Black Sea With a Huge, Turquoise Swirl

You can see it from space.
June 16, 2017
Trout Are Eating Mice in Nova Scotia
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Trout Are Eating Mice in Nova Scotia

Why not?
June 15, 2017
The ATU Fable Index: Like the Dewey Decimal System, But With More Ogres
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The ATU Fable Index: Like the Dewey Decimal System, But With More Ogres

"The Wolf Dives Into the Water for Reflected Cheese," and other highlights of folktale categorization.
June 14, 2017
The Unlikely Story of the Folly Cove Guild, the Best Designers You've Never Heard Of
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The Unlikely Story of the Folly Cove Guild, the Best Designers You've Never Heard Of

Led by beloved children's author Virginia Lee Burton, this group of mostly untrained women created immortal designs.
June 14, 2017
Strawberry-Flavored Potato Chips Are Real Now
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Strawberry-Flavored Potato Chips Are Real Now

Give the people what they want!
June 14, 2017
Keep Your Eye Out for Canada's New Glow-in-the-Dark Toonie
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Keep Your Eye Out for Canada's New Glow-in-the-Dark Toonie

The special-edition release is the first photoluminescent coin to ever enter circulation.
June 13, 2017
The Pig Who Tours the U.S. Reading to Children
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The Pig Who Tours the U.S. Reading to Children

The world's least likely literacy ambassador is big and bristly and loves to kiss authority figures.
June 12, 2017
Two Bald Eagles Have 'Adopted' a Young Red-Tailed Hawk
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Two Bald Eagles Have 'Adopted' a Young Red-Tailed Hawk

Fake it 'til you make it.
June 12, 2017
Rare 'Surge Flows' Are Turning Colorado's Sand Dunes Into a Waterpark
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Rare 'Surge Flows' Are Turning Colorado's Sand Dunes Into a Waterpark

It's bodysurfing time at Medano Creek.
June 09, 2017
Europe Holds an Annual Tram-Driver Olympics
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Europe Holds an Annual Tram-Driver Olympics

Take a minute and watch some tram bowling.
June 08, 2017
Can We Blame the Mafia on Lemons?
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Can We Blame the Mafia on Lemons?

Economists and historians are connecting the early rise of organized crime with Sicily's citrus trade.
June 07, 2017