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The 60-Mile 'Hail Scar' Left by a South Dakota Storm
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storms

The 60-Mile 'Hail Scar' Left by a South Dakota Storm

Balls of ice cause hundreds of millions of dollars in crop damage each year.
July 19, 2017
The Spirited Life and Sad End of the First Indian-American Children’s Book Author
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suicide

The Spirited Life and Sad End of the First Indian-American Children’s Book Author

Dhan Gopal Mukerji was a prolific writer and an early cultural ambassador between East and West.
June 16, 2017
The World's Trashiest Beach Is on a Remote Island in the South Pacific
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environment

The World's Trashiest Beach Is on a Remote Island in the South Pacific

And yes, we should all feel terrible.
May 15, 2017
The First Step to Getting Rid of Invasive Lionfish? Listen Closely ...
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coral reefs

The First Step to Getting Rid of Invasive Lionfish? Listen Closely ...

Scientists have recorded the "roar" of the unwanted reef predators.
May 15, 2017
The Crab Nebula Is Ready for Its Close-Up
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telescopes

The Crab Nebula Is Ready for Its Close-Up

Five telescopes were used to make a special new image, and only one of them is on Earth.
May 10, 2017
Lettuce for the Dead in a Tidy, 4,000-Year-Old Egyptian Funeral Garden
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egypt

Lettuce for the Dead in a Tidy, 4,000-Year-Old Egyptian Funeral Garden

The find is the first of its kind.
May 08, 2017
A Giant Permafrost Crater Grows in Siberia
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craters

A Giant Permafrost Crater Grows in Siberia

It's yet another canary in the climate coal mine.
May 02, 2017
How the Leatherdykes Helped Change Feminism
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obscura day 2017

How the Leatherdykes Helped Change Feminism

A brief history of lesbian sadomasochism, from the shadows to the front lines of the “Sex Wars.”
May 01, 2017
Tracing the Circulatory System Behind Antarctica's Blood Falls
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antarctic

Tracing the Circulatory System Behind Antarctica's Blood Falls

It’s deep, salty, and very cold.
April 26, 2017
Seeing Earth From Between Saturn's Rings, Nearly a Billion Miles Away
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nasa

Seeing Earth From Between Saturn's Rings, Nearly a Billion Miles Away

This is what it feels like to feel small.
April 21, 2017
A 'River Pirate' Can Be a Criminal—Or Another River
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earthquakes

A 'River Pirate' Can Be a Criminal—Or Another River

What outlaws on the Mississippi have to do with glaciers in the Yukon.
April 18, 2017
Do Meteors Hiss, Sizzle, and Pop?
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meteorites

Do Meteors Hiss, Sizzle, and Pop?

This is a test of the meteor broadcasting network.
April 17, 2017
Were Vikings All Show?
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story

Were Vikings All Show?

Some of their swords were made for looks, not for battle.
April 13, 2017
If You Live in the Ocean, Odds Are You're Glowing Right Now
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bioluminescence

If You Live in the Ocean, Odds Are You're Glowing Right Now

Bioluminescence is the lingua franca of life in the seas, both shallow and deep.
April 12, 2017
When Ostrich Eggshells Were Luxury Goods
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birds

When Ostrich Eggshells Were Luxury Goods

Be careful when you collect them.
April 11, 2017
A Piece of a WWII 'Bouncing Bomb' Washed Up on an English Beach
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bombs

A Piece of a WWII 'Bouncing Bomb' Washed Up on an English Beach

It was just for practice.
March 31, 2017