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A Mysterious Newspaper Box 'Time Machine' Showed Up in Chicago
story
journalism

A Mysterious Newspaper Box 'Time Machine' Showed Up in Chicago

It's filled with old issues of the "Chicago Reader."
September 26, 2017
Mapping the Hidden Movements of Baboon Troops
story
migrations

Mapping the Hidden Movements of Baboon Troops

What researchers have learned from tracking 57,000 individual "baboon decisions."
September 25, 2017
Fixing a Failed Whale Burial in Australia
story
sharks

Fixing a Failed Whale Burial in Australia

After a beached humpback was buried in the sand, the sharks started coming.
September 25, 2017
Great News for Fans of Historic Buses
story
transportation

Great News for Fans of Historic Buses

This weekend, the New York Transit Museum will trot out vintage vehicles from every era.
September 22, 2017
How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever
story
pants week

How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever

Prior to WWII, Americans didn't think much of softcover books.
September 22, 2017
Can You Really Get a Blimp to Honk Its Horn?
story
blimps

Can You Really Get a Blimp to Honk Its Horn?

The only way to know if blimping works it to try it for yourself.
September 21, 2017
The Plant-Loving Artist Who Puts Pants on Trees
story
pants week

The Plant-Loving Artist Who Puts Pants on Trees

Peter Coffin's "Untitled (Tree Pants)" is both silly and serious.
September 20, 2017
The Subtle Art of Running a Marathon in a Three-Piece Suit
story
pants week

The Subtle Art of Running a Marathon in a Three-Piece Suit

Matt Whitaker, the new world-record holder, shares his secrets.
September 20, 2017
Why the University of Guam Renamed Its Semesters
story
schools

Why the University of Guam Renamed Its Semesters

It's all about promoting the use of Chamorro, the island's native language.
September 19, 2017
All the Lies About the Origins of 'Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire'
story
pants week

All the Lies About the Origins of 'Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire'

A common phrase with a long, deceptive history.
September 18, 2017
When Your Brand-New Bridge Is a Meter Too Short
story
infrastructure

When Your Brand-New Bridge Is a Meter Too Short

“We ordered a bridge to go from one side to the other. It doesn’t do that.”
September 18, 2017
The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Ride Ever
story
aircraft

The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Ride Ever

Vincenzo Lunardi's first flight over London featured two caged pigeons, an airsick cat, and a lot of solo drinking.
September 15, 2017
Perhaps You’d Like to Purchase Art Sculpted by a Cow
story
auctions

Perhaps You’d Like to Purchase Art Sculpted by a Cow

Or a deer. Or a goat. It's all happening at the Great Salt Lick Contest in Baker City, Oregon.
September 15, 2017
Echolocation and Its Discontents
story
anthropocene

Echolocation and Its Discontents

In a world increasingly shaped by humans, having an extra sense can sometimes do more harm than good.
September 14, 2017
A Swim Across Lake Ontario, Powered by Cookies
story
cookies

A Swim Across Lake Ontario, Powered by Cookies

"My only sense of feeling comes in the form of cookies," says the long-distance swimmer Elizabeth Fry.
September 14, 2017
Two White Giraffes—A Mom and a Calf—Are Thrilling Wildlife Fans in Kenya
story
giraffes

Two White Giraffes—A Mom and a Calf—Are Thrilling Wildlife Fans in Kenya

They have a genetic condition called leucism, which makes their coats pale and ghostly.
September 13, 2017
What It's Like to Ride Japan's Cat Café Train
story
cats

What It's Like to Ride Japan's Cat Café Train

Transportation and rescue kittens—what could be better?
September 11, 2017
The International Hide and Seek Championship Starts Today
story
competitions

The International Hide and Seek Championship Starts Today

Start counting backward from 100.
September 08, 2017
Herman the Sturgeon Has Survived Another Catastrophe
story
survivalism

Herman the Sturgeon Has Survived Another Catastrophe

The 79-year-old fish is making it through the Eagle Creek Fire.
September 07, 2017
The Coral Reef Loss Data Hidden in Old Navigational Charts
story
ecology

The Coral Reef Loss Data Hidden in Old Navigational Charts

In the Florida Keys, researchers have found an important new way to estimate what's been lost.
September 06, 2017
The Meteorite Hunters of British Columbia Are Out in Full Force
story
meteorites

The Meteorite Hunters of British Columbia Are Out in Full Force

They're looking for remnants of the fireball that burned up over their province this past weekend.
September 06, 2017
America's First Butter Sculptor Was an Artist and a Celebrity
story
kickass women

America's First Butter Sculptor Was an Artist and a Celebrity

Despite her success, Caroline Shawk Brooks never forgot her sweet, creamy roots.
September 05, 2017
It's Sea Slug Census Time Again!
story
fleeting wonders

It's Sea Slug Census Time Again!

The citizen scientists of Port Stephens, Australia, are ramping up for the seasonal count.
September 05, 2017
How a 17th-Century Naval Engineer Revolutionized Set Design
story
theater

How a 17th-Century Naval Engineer Revolutionized Set Design

Giacomo Torelli and his magnificent sub-stage machine.
September 05, 2017