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See Two Decades of San Francisco’s Wildest Queer Halloween Parties
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queer history

See Two Decades of San Francisco’s Wildest Queer Halloween Parties

The rise and demise of the night of the living dead.
October 16, 2017
A Dispatch From the Other Side of the Veil
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happenings

A Dispatch From the Other Side of the Veil

In Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, Atlas Obscura's "Into the Veil 2017" was a night of sublime contradictions.
October 16, 2017
Just About Everything We Know About the Pard
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cryptozoology

Just About Everything We Know About the Pard

The mythical big cat was once believed to make up half of every leopard.
October 13, 2017
The Burmese Star Tortoise Is Back From the Brink of Extinction
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tortoises

The Burmese Star Tortoise Is Back From the Brink of Extinction

A meteoric return for a slow and steady reptile.
October 13, 2017
How a Female Dolphin May Use Her Vagina to Choose the Father of Her Calf
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dolphins

How a Female Dolphin May Use Her Vagina to Choose the Father of Her Calf

Inside the weird world of cetacean sex.
October 12, 2017
Archaeologists Strike Gold at the Site of a Mysterious 5th-Century Massacre
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murder

Archaeologists Strike Gold at the Site of a Mysterious 5th-Century Massacre

New discoveries deepen the enigma of Sweden's Sandby borg.
October 11, 2017
What Sooty Feathers Tell Us About Air Pollution Over Time
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pollution

What Sooty Feathers Tell Us About Air Pollution Over Time

Many of America's birds are far cleaner now than they were at the turn of the century.
October 10, 2017
Before Mace, a Hatpin Was an Unescorted Lady’s Best Defense
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sexism

Before Mace, a Hatpin Was an Unescorted Lady’s Best Defense

Accessories to assault.
October 10, 2017
A Centuries-Old Frieze, Newly Deciphered, Tells the Story of the End of the Bronze Age
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language

A Centuries-Old Frieze, Newly Deciphered, Tells the Story of the End of the Bronze Age

A great prince, an almost-forgotten ancient script, and whisperings of a forgery.
October 09, 2017
Enjoy a Tall, Frosty Beverage Named by a Neural Network
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artificial intelligence

Enjoy a Tall, Frosty Beverage Named by a Neural Network

"The Fine Stranger" sounds good. "Snot Beard," less so.
October 09, 2017
The Scandalous Witch Hunt That Poisoned 17th-Century France
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france

The Scandalous Witch Hunt That Poisoned 17th-Century France

The Affair of the Poisons was one to remember.
October 05, 2017
The Birds and Beasts That May Have Never Actually Existed
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dinosaurs

The Birds and Beasts That May Have Never Actually Existed

Occasionally it's hard to know what should be its own species.
October 05, 2017
The Miss Subways Pageant Charted the Highs and Lows of 20th-Century Feminism in New York
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beauty

The Miss Subways Pageant Charted the Highs and Lows of 20th-Century Feminism in New York

From a 1940s beauty queen to a 2017 performance artist.
October 04, 2017
The Mysterious Disappearance of 7 Black Cats From a Pair of English Villages
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halloween

The Mysterious Disappearance of 7 Black Cats From a Pair of English Villages

Coincidence? Observational bias? Or something more sinister?
October 04, 2017
Japanese Scientists Turn Literary Detectives to Study a 1770 Magnetic Storm
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auroras

Japanese Scientists Turn Literary Detectives to Study a 1770 Magnetic Storm

They think it might have been the largest ever seen.
October 04, 2017
Jeremy Bentham's Head Is Coming Out of Its Box and Under the Microscope
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philosophy

Jeremy Bentham's Head Is Coming Out of Its Box and Under the Microscope

Scientists want to know if the forward-thinking philosopher had autism.
October 03, 2017
For Decades, New York's Chinatown Duped 'Slum Tourists' With Faked Danger and Depravity
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tourism

For Decades, New York's Chinatown Duped 'Slum Tourists' With Faked Danger and Depravity

Opium dens, gunfights, and poverty theater.
October 02, 2017
Giant, Introduced Herbivores Could Be Helping ‘Rewild’ the World
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anthropocene

Giant, Introduced Herbivores Could Be Helping ‘Rewild’ the World

In the anthropocene, maybe feral camels, wild donkeys, and cocaine hippos aren't a bad thing.
October 02, 2017
Which Two Songs Are the First to Be Encoded Into the Fabric of Life?
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genetics

Which Two Songs Are the First to Be Encoded Into the Fabric of Life?

Advances in synthetic DNA are offering a way to preserve music forever, like a fly in amber.
September 29, 2017
Saber-Toothed Kittens Were Really, Really Strong
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paleontology

Saber-Toothed Kittens Were Really, Really Strong

A new study sheds light on how these extinct felines attacked.
September 28, 2017
A Giant, 'Coconut Eating' Rat Has Been Discovered in the Solomon Islands
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rodents

A Giant, 'Coconut Eating' Rat Has Been Discovered in the Solomon Islands

Four times the size of the biggest subway-dweller.
September 27, 2017
The Tiny Brazilian Frogs Who Can't Hear Each Other's Calls
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frog

The Tiny Brazilian Frogs Who Can't Hear Each Other's Calls

A sad story from the leaf litter of the Atlantic Forest.
September 26, 2017
Barbed Wire Telephone Lines Brought Isolated Homesteaders Together
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americana

Barbed Wire Telephone Lines Brought Isolated Homesteaders Together

And then let them snoop on each other.
September 25, 2017
A Portrait of James I's 'Husband' Has Reappeared in Glasgow
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lgbt

A Portrait of James I's 'Husband' Has Reappeared in Glasgow

"I desire only to live in this world for your sake," the king wrote to him.
September 25, 2017