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Places visited in Ngorongoro, Tanzania
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Places added to Baltimore, Maryland
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politics

How Nevada Became the Only State Where You Can Vote for 'None of These Candidates'

In some years, a good option.
November 06, 2018
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naturecultures

Non-Human Mammals Love the Suburbs, Too

A new study suggests they're learning to live in the urban sprawl.
October 05, 2018
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extinct animals

How to Write an Opera About Locusts

In Wyoming, a buzzworthy bug mystery hits the stage.
October 03, 2018
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turtles

96 Rare Baby Sea Turtles Just Hatched in Queens, New York

If they can make it there, they'll make it anywhere.
October 03, 2018
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european tree of the year

Voting Is Open for the U.K.'s Tree of the Year

Candidates include a tunnel made of yews, the flaky-barked "Filo Tree," and a hawthorn planted on a giant's grave.
September 28, 2018
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data

We're Hardly Using Any of Our Fossils

The vast majority are languishing in museum storage. Is it time to dig them up all over again?
September 26, 2018
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antarctic

For Sale: The First Book Printed in Antarctica

It's filled with funny accounts from Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod expedition.
September 24, 2018
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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