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manuscripts

There Are Way More Copies of Newton's Masterwork Than Anyone Thought

A new global census doubles the number of known copies of the scientist's treatise on gravity and more.
November 23, 2020
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secret lives of museums

What It Takes to Dismantle and Move a 40-Foot Whale Skeleton

Including welding skills, knowledge of anatomy, and infinite patience.
November 5, 2020
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elevators

Behind the Walls of a Sports Bar, Remnants of Florida's Early Years

How do you lose an entire elevator?
October 13, 2020
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ecology

The Climate Isn't Just Worsening Wildfires, It Can Hobble Forests' Ability to Recover

"What we’re most concerned about is things can still get worse.”
September 24, 2020
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wildlife

Acorn Woodpeckers Have Multi-Day Wars, and Birds Come From All Around to Watch

A window into complex avian sociopolitical lives.
September 15, 2020
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conservation

Understanding the Majesty and Complexity of Great Organs

Notre Dame's famed instrument is being dismantled and restored following the 2019 fire.
September 3, 2020
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evolution

Meet Some of Nature's Coolest Customers

To survive wild temperature swings, freeze-tolerant creatures can do something unthinkable to other species.
August 17, 2020
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dark skies

The Challenges and Delights of Photographing the Night Sky

It can take years to get the perfect shot.
August 4, 2020
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art gallery

What It Takes to Maintain 500 Acres of Art and Nature

Storm King's director of facilities has to be a landscaper, an art conservator, and even a structural engineer.
July 21, 2020
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deep sea

Turning On the Lights in the Ocean's Twilight Zone

The surprising colors of Australia's Coral Sea Marine Park.
July 7, 2020
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lawns

A Stately English Lawn Is Going Wild In the Name of Biodiversity

"If there are ways to manage our landscapes that can make them more exciting for all the insects and mammals, then why not do it?”
June 15, 2020
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extinction

What a Buried Crater in Mexico Says About the Asteroid That Doomed the Dinosaurs

And why the scars left by meteoritic impacts tell us about life, the universe, and everything.
June 8, 2020
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algae

In Antarctica, It's Not Easy Being Green

Yet vegetation persists there. And as the first large-scale algae map reveals, "green snow" acts as a carbon sink.
June 1, 2020
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cosmonauts

After 9 Years Abroad, Astronaut Launches Are Back in the U.S.A.

The blastoff this week on a SpaceX rocket—the first ever private launch—could be a big step toward commercial space travel.
May 25, 2020
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landscapes

What Hubble Space Photos and Western Landscape Paintings Have in Common

Both traffic in the sublime, and have helped us grok new frontiers.
May 15, 2020