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One Artist's Mission to Illustrate All the World's Mythical Beasts
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mythology

One Artist's Mission to Illustrate All the World's Mythical Beasts

Squonks, Lindworms, Dijiangs, and more.
February 21, 2018
Rediscovering the Blazingly Bright Colors of Ancient Sculptures
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greece

Rediscovering the Blazingly Bright Colors of Ancient Sculptures

And why most of us grew up believing classical sculpture is white.
February 14, 2018
Unseen 1960s Photos of London's East End
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archive

Unseen 1960s Photos of London's East End

A hidden archive of glorious Kodachrome, rediscovered.
February 12, 2018
Finding the Beauty in Nordic Ruins
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photography

Finding the Beauty in Nordic Ruins

Stark, wintry photographs of Northern Europe’s abandoned buildings.
February 07, 2018
Charting the Geography of Classic Literature
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maps

Charting the Geography of Classic Literature

A new exhibit focuses on maps of fictional worlds.
January 31, 2018
How Photographers Captured the Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII
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racism

How Photographers Captured the Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII

A new exhibition examines a dark history.
January 26, 2018
The Painstaking Process Behind Those Wild WWI Naval Paint Jobs
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camouflage

The Painstaking Process Behind Those Wild WWI Naval Paint Jobs

"Dazzle" paint was first tested on tiny model ships.
January 19, 2018
The Intricate Craft of Using Human Hair for Jewelry, Art, and Decoration
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hair art

The Intricate Craft of Using Human Hair for Jewelry, Art, and Decoration

Your guide to the four techniques of hair work.
January 12, 2018
The Secret Paths That Led Ireland’s Catholics to Forbidden Mass
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ireland

The Secret Paths That Led Ireland’s Catholics to Forbidden Mass

Passages to salvation from a time of persecution.
January 10, 2018
Student Life at the First Medical College for Women
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women's health

Student Life at the First Medical College for Women

The pioneering women who faced jeers and discrimination to become doctors.
January 04, 2018
J.R.R. Tolkien Is Our Favorite Father Christmas
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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
Ice Skating in New York Has Always Been Magical
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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
The Most Amazing Archival Treasures That Were Digitized This Year
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manuscripts

The Most Amazing Archival Treasures That Were Digitized This Year

Thousands of priceless images, books, documents, and more are now at your fingertips.
December 15, 2017
2017 Was an Astounding Year for Space Images
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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
How Humans Have Embraced Life, With Images of Death
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skulls

How Humans Have Embraced Life, With Images of Death

Masterpieces of memento mori.
December 07, 2017
2017's Most Wondrous Photography Books
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the year in wonder

2017's Most Wondrous Photography Books

Great gifts for the impossible-to-shop-for.
December 01, 2017
A Tour of the World’s Most Unrepentantly Modern Churches
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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
When Gas Masks Were an Inescapable Part of Everyday Life
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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
Candid Portraits Smuggled From Behind the Iron Curtain
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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
The World's Tiniest Wonders, Revealed Through Photomicrography
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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 07, 2017
100 Years of Rocketry and Research at NASA’s Langley Facility
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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
The Most Beautiful Space Images on Earth
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astronauts

The Most Beautiful Space Images on Earth

Stargazing through the ages.
October 19, 2017
See the Most Luxurious Medieval Manuscripts in Existence
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manuscripts

See the Most Luxurious Medieval Manuscripts in Existence

Feel free to judge these books by their covers.
October 12, 2017
The Grim Crime-Scene Dollhouses Made by the ‘Mother of Forensics’
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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 06, 2017