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Swarms of Summer Birds Are Lowering the Speed Limit on a North Carolina Bridge
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Swarms of Summer Birds Are Lowering the Speed Limit on a North Carolina Bridge

When purple martins moved into the William B. Umstead bridge, the laws changed.
July 13, 2018
Canada’s Ultimate Plant Mom Will Take Your Unwanted Shrubs
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Canada’s Ultimate Plant Mom Will Take Your Unwanted Shrubs

And your irises, rosebushes, and spruce trees, too.
July 11, 2018
Found: Ancient 'Ghost Dunes' on Mars
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Found: Ancient 'Ghost Dunes' on Mars

There might be surprises inside.
July 11, 2018
Found: The First Color Made By a Living Thing
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Found: The First Color Made By a Living Thing

It's 1.1 billion years old, and it's bright pink.
July 10, 2018
Inside a Victorian Photo Shoot at Stonehenge
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Inside a Victorian Photo Shoot at Stonehenge

Early images of people enjoying and surveying the monument were recently released to the public for the first time.
July 09, 2018
What Footage From 1980s Bike Races Can Teach Us About Climate Change
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What Footage From 1980s Bike Races Can Teach Us About Climate Change

Ignore the Lycra—look at the flowers.
July 09, 2018
When Bighorn Sheep Decide to Cross a Highway
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When Bighorn Sheep Decide to Cross a Highway

For decades, they stayed on either side of Interstate 40, but those days appear to be over.
June 18, 2018
A New Accent Is Developing in Southwest Kansas
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A New Accent Is Developing in Southwest Kansas

The diverse young people of the town of Liberal are coming up with their own way to talk.
June 15, 2018
The Many Reasons Biologists Eat Their Study Subjects
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The Many Reasons Biologists Eat Their Study Subjects

Snacking on specimens from raw monkey to bee vomit can help scientists figure stuff out.
June 14, 2018
The Victorian Photographic Society That Tried to Preserve 'Old London'
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The Victorian Photographic Society That Tried to Preserve 'Old London'

In capturing images of doomed buildings, they documented the city they thought they were losing.
June 13, 2018
Found: A Lost John Coltrane Record
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Found: A Lost John Coltrane Record

It's from sessions at New Jersey's Van Gelder Studio, the same place Coltrane made A Love Supreme.
June 08, 2018
The Racism of American Monuments Goes Well Beyond Confederate Statues
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The Racism of American Monuments Goes Well Beyond Confederate Statues

A new map of Civil War-related landmarks is only the beginning.
June 07, 2018
The Lost Newspaper Archives of Black Chicago Are Now at Your Fingertips
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The Lost Newspaper Archives of Black Chicago Are Now at Your Fingertips

The Obsidian Collection and Google are bringing historic African-American media outlets online.
June 07, 2018
A Fire Has Broken Out at Chernobyl
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A Fire Has Broken Out at Chernobyl

Authorities are thus far unconcerned about radiation levels.
June 05, 2018
How Many Liquor Bottles Can You Find in This 1931 Map of Chicago?
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How Many Liquor Bottles Can You Find in This 1931 Map of Chicago?

The "Gangland Map" features drunken fish and goofy jokes alongside descriptions of brutal murders.
June 04, 2018
The World's Most Well-Traveled Real Estate Sign
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The World's Most Well-Traveled Real Estate Sign

It disappeared in New Jersey. Nearly six years later, it was found in France.
June 04, 2018
Aliens Might Never Appreciate How Cool Voyager's Golden Record Is
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Aliens Might Never Appreciate How Cool Voyager's Golden Record Is

If they find it, they may just be confused.
June 01, 2018
Dispatches From Inside a Record-Breaking Bird Migration
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Dispatches From Inside a Record-Breaking Bird Migration

What it's like to find yourself among 721,620 warblers, all in a hurry.
May 31, 2018
The World's Tiniest City Park Just Got a Little More Official
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The World's Tiniest City Park Just Got a Little More Official

Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, now has its own sign.
May 24, 2018
We Have Probably Been Imagining Pterosaurs All Wrong
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We Have Probably Been Imagining Pterosaurs All Wrong

New research suggests we've misunderstood the legs of these prehistoric flyers.
May 24, 2018
Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate
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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate

On May 22, 1856, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives caned a Senator into unconsciousness.
May 22, 2018
The World's Best Violins Sing Like Humans
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The World's Best Violins Sing Like Humans

Some are baritones, some are tenors.
May 21, 2018
In the U.K. You Need Permission to Put 'Royal' in Your Business Name
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In the U.K. You Need Permission to Put 'Royal' in Your Business Name

It's not a word you can just throw around.
May 18, 2018
The Endlessly Adaptable Skeletons of José Guadalupe Posada
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The Endlessly Adaptable Skeletons of José Guadalupe Posada

Calaveras created by the Mexican artist have been repurposed for generations, with wildly varying intent.
May 08, 2018