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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
On Vacation in Soviet-Era Sanatoriums
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soviet architecture

On Vacation in Soviet-Era Sanatoriums

The treatments are no longer mandatory, but they're still available.
October 05, 2017
How to Build an Unsettlingly Real Apocalyptic Landscape
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apocalypse

How to Build an Unsettlingly Real Apocalyptic Landscape

One artist’s stark, brutalist, dystopian vision of the future.
October 03, 2017
In Belarus, the Ancient Tradition of Healing Whispers Slowly Disappears
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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
The Unconventional Life of Mary Walker, the Only Woman to Have Received the U.S. Medal of Honor
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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
When Old Lighthouses Find New Lives
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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
In Search of Cemeteries Alive With Beauty, Art, and History
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graveyards

In Search of Cemeteries Alive With Beauty, Art, and History

These resting places celebrate life.
September 15, 2017
Belgrade’s Modernist Masterpieces
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modernism

Belgrade’s Modernist Masterpieces

A city's distinctive architectural heritage.
September 12, 2017
The Early Master Plans for National Parks Are Almost as Beautiful as the Parks Themselves
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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 07, 2017
Japan’s Abandoned Hotels Are Being Reclaimed by Nature
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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 06, 2017
The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books
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kickass women

The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

Librarians are amazing.
August 31, 2017
Life in Kyrgyzstan, 26 Years After the Collapse of the Soviet Union
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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
The Forgotten History of the Neapolitan 'Kindergarten Ship'
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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
For Centuries, Readers Annotated Books With Tiny Drawings of Hands
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hands

For Centuries, Readers Annotated Books With Tiny Drawings of Hands

They were the medieval version of a highlighter.
August 23, 2017
Documenting America’s Long, Venerable Tradition of Roadside Dinosaurs
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dinosaurs

Documenting America’s Long, Venerable Tradition of Roadside Dinosaurs

Welcome to Jurassic parking lot.
August 15, 2017
The 1922 Eclipse Adventure That Sought to Confirm the Theory of Relativity
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einstein

The 1922 Eclipse Adventure That Sought to Confirm the Theory of Relativity

It took 35 tons of equipment and a lengthy voyage to remote Western Australia.
August 11, 2017
When Neuroscientists Become Artists
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brain collections

When Neuroscientists Become Artists

Beauty and brains.
August 09, 2017
Peer Into the Horror That Is Kirk Hammett’s Movie Poster Collection
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movies

Peer Into the Horror That Is Kirk Hammett’s Movie Poster Collection

They're watching you.
August 04, 2017
A Century of Eclipse Watching, in Photos
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eclipse

A Century of Eclipse Watching, in Photos

Just try to look away.
August 01, 2017
See London’s Underground ‘Mail Rail,’ Then and Now
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london

See London’s Underground ‘Mail Rail,’ Then and Now

It's like the Tube, but for post.
July 27, 2017
The Wool Brigades of World War I, When Knitting Was a Patriotic Duty
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knitting

The Wool Brigades of World War I, When Knitting Was a Patriotic Duty

The clacking of needles was heard from coast to coast.
July 26, 2017
Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport
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hong kong

Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport

Turn right at the mountain.
July 21, 2017
The Abstract Beauty of One of the World's Harshest Climates
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climate change

The Abstract Beauty of One of the World's Harshest Climates

The desert, as you’ve never seen it before.
July 19, 2017