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treehouses

After Five Years of Living in Trees, a Protest Community Is Being Evicted

They've been trying to stop coal mining in Germany's Hambach Forest.
September 21, 2018
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fish

Found: A Pescatarian Praying Mantis

Go big or go home.
September 20, 2018
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helicopters

Why Helicopters Are Flying Mountain Goats Over Washington State

The salt-loving, tourist-stalking goats of Olympic National Park are moving out.
September 19, 2018
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media

Welcome Back, Hunger Stones

In the past, the appearance of these rocks has portended bad famines, good wine, or nothing at all.
September 14, 2018
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crafts

We Finally Know What Job This 3,000-Year-Old Skeleton Had

And it’s all thanks to her peculiarly damaged bones.
September 13, 2018
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zoos

What Do Flamingos Do at Night?

Lessons from an avian surveillance project.
September 12, 2018
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tourism

What Happens When Your Country's Tallest Mountain Peak Shrinks?

The southern summit of Kebnekaise was the highest point in Sweden. Then it melted.
September 11, 2018
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america

The World's First War Submarine Was Made of Wood, Tar, and a Bit of Metal

Underwater combat dates back to the American Revolution.
September 07, 2018
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economics

A Time-Twisting Visit to the Museum of Capitalism

How artists and curators are attempting to defamiliarize America's current economic era.
September 05, 2018
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cows

Peculiar Pastures in Kenya Were Once Poop Patches

How old dung heaps become biodiversity hotspots.
September 05, 2018
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color

The Murky Future of America's Lakes

Where have all the blue lakes gone?
August 30, 2018
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california missions

The Cowboy Cartographer Who Loved California

Jo Mora poured the state's whole history—and his own life—into his incredibly detailed, whimsical maps.
August 30, 2018
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profiles

The Marvelous Manholes of Massachusetts

An afternoon with Daniel Fireside, one of the Boston area's most dedicated drainspotters.
August 28, 2018
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propaganda

A Giant Speaker in Taiwan Is About to Switch on Again

Beishan Broadcast Station, which once blasted propaganda across the ocean, has found another purpose.
August 24, 2018
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algae

An Adorable Algae Ball Mystery Has Been Solved

Sometimes marimo float, and sometimes they sink. But why?
August 22, 2018
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ancient

Lessons From a 5,000-Year-Old Kenyan Cemetery

Logatham North Pillar Site is upending old assumptions about why people make monuments.
August 21, 2018
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activism

Why These Grizzly-Loving Women Entered a Lottery to Hunt Grizzlies

Inside the environmental protest sweeping Wyoming.
August 20, 2018
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arctic circle

After a Century in the Ice, Maud Has Returned Home to Norway

The polar exploration ship survived freezing, sinking, and seizure by creditors.
August 17, 2018
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canada

Why Are All These Vaseline Jars Showing Up on a Calgary Street?

It's a slippery situation.
August 14, 2018
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anthropocene

What Is Walden Pond?

Its cultural meaning may be calcified—but off the page, it's changing fast.
August 10, 2018
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beaches

All the Bizarre Things Our Readers Have Found on the Beach

Functional light bulbs, messages from the dead, and lots and lots of dentures.
August 08, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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corn

How to Make a Robot Move, Using Popcorn

The future is now and it’s happening, appropriately, at Cornell University.
August 07, 2018
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reptiles

Glamour Shots of Reptiles, Brought to You by Science

"All right Mr. Herpetologist, I'm ready for my close-up."
August 02, 2018
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sleep

Peek Inside an Unexpected Moth Slumber Party

The flying insects usually go solo—but one lepidopterist surprised hundreds snoozing together in a hollow tree.
August 01, 2018