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dolphins

Two Adriatic Dolphin Pods Scrupulously Avoid Each Other

Researchers don't know exactly why they're so clique-y.
December 18, 2018
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illuminated manuscripts

These Colorful Piñatas Bring Medieval Monsters to Life

Roberto Benavidez makes eye-catching art inspired by centuries-old paintings and illuminated manuscripts.
December 14, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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teeth

Why Scientists Are Studying 9,500-Year-Old Chewing Gum

Back then, it was used as adhesive for tools and weapons.
December 13, 2018
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stars

How to Find 2018’s Brightest Comet

Seeing it for yourself will take some planning and effort.
December 11, 2018
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fossils

Explore the Geologic History of D.C. Through This Walking Tour

“These sites are reminders of American history, but they’re also part of the Earth's history."
December 07, 2018
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shoes

Found: Unfortunate 'Booted Man,' Who Met a Muddy End 500 Years Ago

The footwear would have been well-suited to tromping through the London mud that preserved it.
December 06, 2018
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bombs

A New Mobile App Allows Tourists to Explore the Effects of Atomic War in Hiroshima

Some say it tells an incomplete story.
December 06, 2018
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fish

Why Did the Chum Salmon Cross the Road?

Every year, these fish block traffic in Washington State.
December 04, 2018
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software

This Interactive Sandbox Allows Users to Make Topographical Maps in Real-Time

You can move mountains and make it rain.
November 29, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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cooking

Breaking Down the Physics of Wok Tossing

It is a subtle art and an even subtler science.
November 20, 2018
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trolls

The Friendly Troll That Almost Tore a Colorado Town Apart

The giant wooden sculpture was astonishingly popular.
November 19, 2018
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paleontology

Found: The Grand Canyon’s Oldest Vertebrate Fossil

These 28 footprints were made 310 million years ago.
November 16, 2018
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circus

John Ringling’s Mobile Mansion Is Now Open for Digital Visitors

The showman's personal train car was full of stained glass, chandeliers, lavish furniture, and elaborate moldings.
November 15, 2018
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wildlife

How Does California’s Wildlife Cope With Massive Wildfires?

Researchers at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are trying to better understand animal survival tactics.
November 13, 2018
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climate change

European Glaciers Have Been Coming and Going for Thousands of Years, But Now They’re Just Going

2018 was a terrible year for Swiss glaciers.
November 06, 2018
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biology

Why Does It Look Like This National Park Building in Alaska Is Sprouting Hair?

The answer might not sit well with arachnophobes.
November 01, 2018
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octopus

Found: The Largest Cluster of Deep-Sea Octopuses Ever Recorded

More than 1,000 were spotted off the coast of Monterey, California.
October 30, 2018
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surfing

The Legendary Black Surfer Who Challenged Stereotypes

In his short 24 years, Nick Gabaldón made an impact on California surfing culture that is still felt today.
October 04, 2018
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music

The Vermont Town That Has Way Too Many Organs

After decades of organ donation, Brattleboro is looking for new homes for old musical instruments.
May 31, 2018
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new england

New England Is Crisscrossed With Thousands of Miles of Stone Walls

That's enough to circle the globe—four times.
May 04, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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jello

The Jiggling, Gelatinous Creations of a Pop-Up Jell-O Exhibition

Behold a beloved children's character, a famous painting, and fusion foods.
April 30, 2018