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travel

Why Isochrone Maps Are Enjoying a Renaissance

As data sources keep improving, mapmakers keep finding more uses for the 19th-century invention.
February 12, 2018
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mystery

Can You Identify This Mystery Jurist?

His portrait is in the headquarters of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, but no one knows who he is.
February 9, 2018
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teens

Amateur Astronomers Have Always Been Great at Finding Satellites

A bunch of teens at picnic tables were the first people to track Sputnik I.
February 7, 2018
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anthropomorphic

SUE the T. Rex Is Moving

We interviewed everyone's favorite murderbird about their new digs.
February 6, 2018
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ice skating

Winnipeg's Coolest 'Warming Huts' Aren't Huts At All

Every year, architects design new structures to warm the heart and the fingers.
February 5, 2018
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sewers

A Beautiful Map of Boston's Sewers

It's the perfect day to look at some historic Beantown infrastructure.
February 5, 2018
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bug

Researchers in England Are Criss-Crossing Cropland With Wildflowers

They hope to attract helpful bugs.
January 31, 2018
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cryptozoology

The Eastern Cougar Is Officially Extinct

So why do people keep seeing them?
January 30, 2018
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virtual reality

Jarvis Island, the Cycling Hotspot That Wasn't

Why an abandoned guano atoll was once one of the most popular virtual bicycling routes in the world.
January 29, 2018
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archive

The U.S. Government Once Nuked a Bunch of File Cabinets

Operation Teapot's "Project 35.5" tested record-keeping under extreme circumstances.
January 26, 2018
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apocalypse

The 'Doomsday Clock' Is Now as Close to Midnight as It's Ever Been

According to experts, threats to humanity haven't been this serious since 1953!
January 25, 2018
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public art

Can Street Art Be Moved Without Destroying It?

"Vermonica"—an L.A. fixture for 24 years—was moved without notice, sparking discussions about history, place, and what makes art, art.
January 24, 2018
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science fiction

Listen to Ursula K. Le Guin's Little-Known Space Opera

"Rigel 9," a collaboration with the composer David Bedford, tells the story of an astronaut who isn't quite sure where home is.
January 24, 2018
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chemistry

Measuring the Significance of Seabird Poop

By quantifying guano, scientists hope to learn more about nutrient cycles.
January 23, 2018
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dreams

Will There Ever Be an Anglerfish Emoji?

Two researchers are hoping to diversify our chief communicative ecosystem.
January 18, 2018
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hobby

Why Ham Radio Fans Want to Spend Next Summer on an Island Full of Bird Poop

Baker Island, in the middle of the Pacific, is also the last place on Earth to ring in the new year.
December 29, 2017
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the year in wonder

2017's Most Unusual New Memorials and Monuments

Supermarket cats, rainbow crosswalks, tricked-out Jerry Orbach tribute cars, and more.
December 29, 2017
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christmas

After the Holidays, Christmas Trees Have More Work to Do

They're sheltering aquatic species, keeping out invasive fish, and holding beaches and swamps together.
December 27, 2017
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urban planning

What Pigeon Spikes Can Teach Us About People

Hostile architecture for birds has a lot in common with hostile architecture for humans.
December 22, 2017
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noise

This Fish's Propensity for Deafening Orgies Is Both Its Strength and Its Weakness

A single male Gulf covina is louder than a jet engine.
December 21, 2017
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cryonics

One of 2017’s Most Exciting Plant Conservation Moments

In Ontario this year, researchers propagated a rare species and released it back into the wild.
December 20, 2017
Gastro Obscura
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recipe

The Incompatible Food Triad Cookoff

To solve a tasty philosophical problem, we whipped up strawberry-mushroom-balsamic tarts and beef-orange-cream pot pies.
December 20, 2017
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archive

How Archivists Deal With Redactions, Codes, and Scribbles

Sometimes, obscurity leads to surprising intimacies.
December 15, 2017
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darwin

Wishlist: A Book That Evolves Before Your Eyes

Fathom's color-coded version of "On the Origin of Species" changes as you read it.
December 15, 2017