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How Museum Preparators Uncover Fossil Specimens
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How Museum Preparators Uncover Fossil Specimens

It takes a steady hand and hours of dedication.
January 19, 2017
The Female Space Sculptor Who Designed the Earliest Space and Aviation Helmets
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The Female Space Sculptor Who Designed the Earliest Space and Aviation Helmets

Alice King Chatham's name is attached to some of the world's most pivotal aviation and space experiments.
January 18, 2017
This 19th-Century Book Chronicles Victorians' Strange Cat Fears And Fascinations
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This 19th-Century Book Chronicles Victorians' Strange Cat Fears And Fascinations

A cartoonist illustrated and wrote accounts of weather-predicting and love spell-binding cats.
January 17, 2017
Listen to the Low Earthly Hum of a Candle Pipe Organ
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Listen to the Low Earthly Hum of a Candle Pipe Organ

As the wax melts, the pitch changes.
January 17, 2017
One Architect's Spectacular Vision for a Spherical Subterranean City
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One Architect's Spectacular Vision for a Spherical Subterranean City

New Yorkers would weather nuclear attack in an underground metropolis.
January 16, 2017
Watch an Artist Walk Thousands of Steps to Create Wolves and Leaves in the Snow
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Watch an Artist Walk Thousands of Steps to Create Wolves and Leaves in the Snow

These intricate pieces of art are only temporarily preserved.
January 13, 2017
Watch This Artist Knit Body Suits and Tapestries Out of Shredded Paper
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Watch This Artist Knit Body Suits and Tapestries Out of Shredded Paper

Who knew magazines could be good knitting material?
January 11, 2017
The Meatless, Wheatless Meals of World War I America
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The Meatless, Wheatless Meals of World War I America

Recipes got a lot more creative during the days of food rationing.
January 10, 2017
The Elaborate Wig-Snatching Schemes of the 18th Century
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The Elaborate Wig-Snatching Schemes of the 18th Century

Thieves employed monkeys to rob the wealthy of their coiffures.
January 09, 2017
Take a Virtual Tour of the Firefly Forest, a Kansas Park Turned Gnome Village
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Take a Virtual Tour of the Firefly Forest, a Kansas Park Turned Gnome Village

In 2013, tiny hollow-tree homes for fairies started popping up around Overland Park.
January 06, 2017
Watch Hot Maple Syrup Freeze into Toffee on Packed Snow
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Watch Hot Maple Syrup Freeze into Toffee on Packed Snow

Delectable lollipops, sourced from trees.
January 04, 2017
The Ice-Skating Dandies of 18th-Century Paris
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The Ice-Skating Dandies of 18th-Century Paris

The frozen fields were home to tight pants and graceful, showy moves.
January 03, 2017
Watch Paper Masterpieces of China's Forgotten Tribes Unfold in Pop-Up Books
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Watch Paper Masterpieces of China's Forgotten Tribes Unfold in Pop-Up Books

Artist and photographer Colette Fu uses the pop-up book to tell stories of minority tribes in China.
December 30, 2016
Watch Sheets of Paper Turn into a Topographical Map of Lake Baikal
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Watch Sheets of Paper Turn into a Topographical Map of Lake Baikal

Artist Olga Skorokhod carves shapes into paper to create artistic cartography.
December 22, 2016
The First Female Doctor in Britain Spent 56 Years Disguised as a Man
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The First Female Doctor in Britain Spent 56 Years Disguised as a Man

James Barry's true identity was a military secret for nearly a century.
December 22, 2016
Take a Virtual Tour of One of the World's Largest Gingerbread Cities
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Take a Virtual Tour of One of the World's Largest Gingerbread Cities

There's a lake, a Ferris wheel, and an operating train.
December 19, 2016
Watch This Adorable Baby Macaque Roll a Snowball Down a Hill
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Watch This Adorable Baby Macaque Roll a Snowball Down a Hill

Making snowballs is part of these Japanese snow monkeys' culture.
December 16, 2016
Tokyo's Vibrant, Adorable Taxi Signs Are Disappearing
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Tokyo's Vibrant, Adorable Taxi Signs Are Disappearing

Neon puppies, cherry blossoms, frogs, and lucky cats.
December 15, 2016
Watch a Glittering Disco-Ball Cement Mixer Illuminate a Construction Site in France
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Watch a Glittering Disco-Ball Cement Mixer Illuminate a Construction Site in France

An artist's invention turns roadways and construction sites into unconventional party zones.
December 13, 2016
In 1562 Map-Makers Thought America Was Full of Mermaids, Giants, and Dragons
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In 1562 Map-Makers Thought America Was Full of Mermaids, Giants, and Dragons

Sea serpents, cannibals, and one of the earliest mentions of California are features of this spectacular map.
December 12, 2016
 The Creative and Forgotten Fire Escape Designs of the 1800s
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The Creative and Forgotten Fire Escape Designs of the 1800s

Some were more logical than others.
December 09, 2016
Watch Electric Guitars Being Made in 1965 England
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Watch Electric Guitars Being Made in 1965 England

“All this to make a bedlam of adolescent noise,” says the curmudgeonly narrator.
December 09, 2016
Watch Hermit Crabs Crawl Into Glistening Mini New Yorks and Bangkoks
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Watch Hermit Crabs Crawl Into Glistening Mini New Yorks and Bangkoks

Artist Aki Inomata's transparent 3-D printed shells serve as beautiful temporary homes for crustaceans.
December 06, 2016
The Lost Art of Painting on Cobweb Canvases
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The Lost Art of Painting on Cobweb Canvases

Monks and peasant artists in the 16th century began this intricate process of re-spinning spider and caterpillar cobwebs.
December 06, 2016