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tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien Is Our Favorite Father Christmas

For 23 years he role-played in holiday letters to his children.
December 21, 2017
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ice skating

Ice Skating in New York Has Always Been Magical

And here are the vintage images to prove it.
December 20, 2017
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the year in wonder

The Most Amazing Archival Treasures That Were Recently Digitized

Thousands of priceless images, books, documents, and more are now at your fingertips.
December 15, 2017
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the year in wonder

2017 Was an Astounding Year for Space Images

From super moons to Saturn's rings to distant galaxies.
December 13, 2017
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skulls

How Humans Have Embraced Life, With Images of Death

Masterpieces of memento mori.
December 7, 2017
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the year in wonder

2017's Most Wondrous Photography Books

Great gifts for the impossible-to-shop-for.
December 1, 2017
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modernism

A Tour of the World’s Most Unrepentantly Modern Churches

Worship at the altar of striking architecture.
November 28, 2017
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gas masks

When Gas Masks Were an Inescapable Part of Everyday Life

“It may be a little irksome at first, but you’ll soon get used to it.”
November 15, 2017
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soviet history

Candid Portraits Smuggled From Behind the Iron Curtain

One American photographer's inside look at the Soviet Union in the 1970s.
November 10, 2017
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microscopes

The World's Tiniest Wonders, Revealed Through Photomicrography

Under a microscope, even a toothbrush can be a work of art.
November 7, 2017
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wind tunnels

100 Years of Rocketry and Research at NASA’s Langley Facility

See pioneering mathematicians, giant wind tunnels powered by submarine engines, and hypersonic rocket models.
October 20, 2017
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astronauts

The Most Beautiful Space Images on Earth

Stargazing through the ages.
October 19, 2017
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jewels

See the Most Luxurious Medieval Manuscripts in Existence

Feel free to judge these books by their covers.
October 12, 2017
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forensics

The Grim Crime-Scene Dollhouses Made by the ‘Mother of Forensics’

They're perfectly to scale, and all based on real cases.
October 6, 2017
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apocalypse

How to Build an Unsettlingly Real Apocalyptic Landscape

One artist’s stark, brutalist, dystopian vision of the future.
October 3, 2017
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health

In Belarus, the Ancient Tradition of Healing Whispers Slowly Disappears

A centuries-old practice with little place in the modern world.
September 28, 2017
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19th century

The Unconventional Life of Mary Walker, the Only Woman to Have Received the U.S. Medal of Honor

Dress reformer, women's rights activist, and all-around pioneer.
September 27, 2017
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lighthouses

When Old Lighthouses Find New Lives

A close-up look at what happens after the lamps go out.
September 20, 2017
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modernism

Belgrade’s Modernist Masterpieces

A city's distinctive architectural heritage.
September 12, 2017
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national monument

The Early Master Plans for National Parks Are Almost as Beautiful as the Parks Themselves

In the 1930s, park planning was pretty.
September 7, 2017
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japan

Japan’s Abandoned Hotels Are Being Reclaimed by Nature

Inside the once-busy lodgings that have become modern ruins.
September 6, 2017
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kickass women

The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

Librarians are amazing.
August 31, 2017
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asia

Life in Kyrgyzstan, 26 Years After the Collapse of the Soviet Union

Trying to see the future and reckon with the past in the former Soviet state.
August 30, 2017
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italy

The Forgotten History of the Neapolitan 'Kindergarten Ship'

The educational experiment in Naples Harbor that turned street children into sailors and students.
August 25, 2017