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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
This 11-Foot 'Ribbon Map' Puts the Whole Mississippi River in Your Pocket
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This 11-Foot 'Ribbon Map' Puts the Whole Mississippi River in Your Pocket

Steamboat tourists of the late 1860s wrapped it around a spool.
May 07, 2018
Freddy, Manitoba's Beloved Rogue Bison, Has Been Immortalized in Song
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Freddy, Manitoba's Beloved Rogue Bison, Has Been Immortalized in Song

"Run, Freddy, Run!" features Renaissance-style singing, Metís fiddle, and electronically distorted bison noises.
May 04, 2018
The Artist Making Tapestries Out of Aquatic Trash
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The Artist Making Tapestries Out of Aquatic Trash

Jo Atherton's colorful works turn our plastic crisis into a meditation on memory and time.
May 02, 2018
An Algorithmic Investigation of the Highfalutin 'Poet Voice'
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An Algorithmic Investigation of the Highfalutin 'Poet Voice'

New research suggests that the affected reading style consists of a particular set of attributes.
May 01, 2018
The World's Tallest Active Geyser Keeps Erupting
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The World's Tallest Active Geyser Keeps Erupting

Steamboat, normally quiet for months at a stretch, has already blown its top three times this spring.
April 30, 2018
Galapagos Tomatoes Are Surprisingly Pest-Resistant
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Galapagos Tomatoes Are Surprisingly Pest-Resistant

New research reveals that they can protect themselves from a number of common bugs.
April 27, 2018
The Uncanny Delights of the World Balloon Convention
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The Uncanny Delights of the World Balloon Convention

Competitors create a universe where everything is bright and round.
April 25, 2018
Mapping the Lost Countercultural Hotspots of Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Mapping the Lost Countercultural Hotspots of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Local librarian Tim Devin has found hundreds of buildings that once housed utopian groups.
April 24, 2018
The Sistine Chapel Streamed a Concert Online for the First Time Ever
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The Sistine Chapel Streamed a Concert Online for the First Time Ever

Don't worry if you missed it—the entire performance is available on Facebook.
April 23, 2018
Solved: A Decades-Old Ansel Adams Mystery
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Solved: A Decades-Old Ansel Adams Mystery

The answer was hidden in the shadows.
April 20, 2018
The Day Without News
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The Day Without News

On April 18, 1930, the BBC made a surprising announcement.
April 18, 2018
Making Art for Bees
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Making Art for Bees

Michael Candy's Synthetic Pollenizer is "a sculpture for a different species."
April 17, 2018
How Better to Protest Federal Policy Than With an Embroidered Scorpion Demon?
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How Better to Protest Federal Policy Than With an Embroidered Scorpion Demon?

Eleanor B. Roosevelt—no, not THAT Eleanor Roosevelt—thought the New Deal was monstrous.
April 16, 2018
Found: A Mummified Monkey in the Ceiling of a Department Store
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Found: A Mummified Monkey in the Ceiling of a Department Store

Thanks to the sleuths in a Facebook group, we may even know how it got there.
April 13, 2018
There's Now a Space Mountain Named for Octavia Butler
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There's Now a Space Mountain Named for Octavia Butler

It's on Pluto's moon, Charon, which also boasts landscape features that honor Stanley Kubrick and Dorothy Gale.
April 12, 2018
Everything We Know About Birds That Glow
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Everything We Know About Birds That Glow

Owls, puffins, and lots of other flying friends exhibit fascinating patterns under blacklights.
April 11, 2018
Puerto Rico's Parrot Population Is Slowly Recovering
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Puerto Rico's Parrot Population Is Slowly Recovering

Although the wild birds seem reluctant to breed, dozens of fledglings have successfully hatched in captivity.
April 10, 2018
The 'Lady Engineer' Who Took the Pain Out of the Train
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The 'Lady Engineer' Who Took the Pain Out of the Train

Olive Wetzel Dennis spent years test-riding railways, improving everything from climate control to dining-car china along the way.
April 09, 2018