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This Squid Egg Mass Looks Like a Massive Jelly Tube
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This Squid Egg Mass Looks Like a Massive Jelly Tube

When tens of thousands of baby squid look like one monster creature.
September 18, 2017
Necropants and Other Tales of 17th-Century Icelandic Sorcery
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Necropants and Other Tales of 17th-Century Icelandic Sorcery

Magic wealth and goat's milk could be yours—if you could stomach the rituals.
September 18, 2017
Parrotfish Have Been Caught 'Farming' Coral Reefs
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Parrotfish Have Been Caught 'Farming' Coral Reefs

First, they poop out white sand beaches, now this ...
September 15, 2017
Disco-Dancing Peacock Spiders Are Impossible to Resist
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Disco-Dancing Peacock Spiders Are Impossible to Resist

Arachnophobes and chorophobes excepted.
September 14, 2017
Meet the 2017 Nominees for the National Toy Hall of Fame
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Meet the 2017 Nominees for the National Toy Hall of Fame

Transformers, Risk, and sand are among the potential honorees.
September 13, 2017
Why We Can't Stop Hurricanes and All the Ways We've Tried
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Why We Can't Stop Hurricanes and All the Ways We've Tried

The strange, true history of human beings bringing the fight to tropical storms.
September 13, 2017
The 'Most Popular Baseball Card Ever' Is Going to Auction
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The 'Most Popular Baseball Card Ever' Is Going to Auction

It may not be the most valuable, but it's definitely beloved.
September 12, 2017
Vote for the United Kingdom's Tree of the Year
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Vote for the United Kingdom's Tree of the Year

Will you choose the one that grew from a dead sailor's pocket?
September 11, 2017
Cargo Ships Are Creating Sea Lightning
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Cargo Ships Are Creating Sea Lightning

Oceanic shipping lanes see double the number of strikes.
September 08, 2017
Spielberg's Forgotten 'L.A. 2017' Dreamt of Today's Dystopian Future
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Spielberg's Forgotten 'L.A. 2017' Dreamt of Today's Dystopian Future

A wonderfully weird TV episode from the director's early days.
September 08, 2017
Ancient Purple Scroll Stains Turn Out to Be Caused by Marine Microbes
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Ancient Purple Scroll Stains Turn Out to Be Caused by Marine Microbes

A mystery from the Vatican Secret Archives, solved.
September 07, 2017
Atlas Obscura's Fall Destination Staff Picks
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Atlas Obscura's Fall Destination Staff Picks

From Kazakhstan to Vermont, these are our dream places to visit this autumn.
September 07, 2017
To Shield Historic Cabins From Wildfire, Wrap Them in Foil
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To Shield Historic Cabins From Wildfire, Wrap Them in Foil

The U.S. Forest Service is protecting century-old houses by treating them like last night's dinner.
September 06, 2017
NASA Honored the Voyager Probes With Groovy Posters
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NASA Honored the Voyager Probes With Groovy Posters

On the 40th anniversary of their launch, they are literally the farthest out.
September 05, 2017
Blob-Like Creatures Discovered in Canada's Lost Lagoon
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Blob-Like Creatures Discovered in Canada's Lost Lagoon

They're actually colonies of many tiny invertebrates. Does that make it better or worse?
September 01, 2017
Warm Your Heart With Videos of 'Echidna Love Trains'
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echidnas

Warm Your Heart With Videos of 'Echidna Love Trains'

For the enigmatic mammal, mating season is trailing season.
September 01, 2017
Behold the World Record for Most People Dressed Like Scientists
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Behold the World Record for Most People Dressed Like Scientists

It's not science. But it kind of looks like it.
August 31, 2017
Author Terry Pratchett's Unfinished Works Have Been Crushed With a Steamroller
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Author Terry Pratchett's Unfinished Works Have Been Crushed With a Steamroller

Just as he wanted.
August 30, 2017
The Holy Grail of Video Game History Is Probably an Office Memo
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The Holy Grail of Video Game History Is Probably an Office Memo

The Video Game History Foundation is trying to preserve the stories behind the fun.
August 30, 2017
Behold the Elegance and Horror of a Nearly Invisible Squid
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Behold the Elegance and Horror of a Nearly Invisible Squid

Researchers recently captured video of a glass squid in the wild.
August 29, 2017
A Short History of Fire Marks, The World’s Hottest Insurance-Related Antiques
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A Short History of Fire Marks, The World’s Hottest Insurance-Related Antiques

From decorative advertising to collectible artifacts.
August 29, 2017
'Smart' Rubber Bands Are on Their Way
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technology

'Smart' Rubber Bands Are on Their Way

Adding graphene could mean major upgrades to an old standby.
August 28, 2017
Australia Is Getting Anti-Shark-Attack Drones
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Australia Is Getting Anti-Shark-Attack Drones

If you hear a robot yelling, "SHARK," you should listen.
August 25, 2017
Alan Turing in a Newly Discovered Letter: 'I Detest America'
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Alan Turing in a Newly Discovered Letter: 'I Detest America'

The father of modern computing had no intention of attending a conference in the United States.
August 25, 2017