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The National Park That Was Stolen to Death
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The National Park That Was Stolen to Death

Fossil Cycad National Monument held America's richest deposit of petrified cycadeoid plants, until it didn't.
July 11, 2017
A Summer Camp in Canada Was Attacked by Giant Hailstones
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A Summer Camp in Canada Was Attacked by Giant Hailstones

Campers compared them to tomatoes and billiard balls.
July 11, 2017
Manhattan Residents Had a Wake for This Doomed Tree
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Manhattan Residents Had a Wake for This Doomed Tree

The weeping willow's name is Cher.
July 10, 2017
Bringing Aerial Photography to the Masses—One Squid Kite at a Time
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Bringing Aerial Photography to the Masses—One Squid Kite at a Time

Public Lab's DIY tools help communities keep tabs on the environment.
July 07, 2017
The Rat-Related Internet Outage in Ontario
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The Rat-Related Internet Outage in Ontario

Why don't the rats want us to be online?
July 07, 2017
What Makes a Tree? It's Hard to Agree
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What Makes a Tree? It's Hard to Agree

Five councils in Australia recently got stuck on the question.
July 06, 2017
San Luis Obispo's Wandering Whale Statue Needs a Home
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San Luis Obispo's Wandering Whale Statue Needs a Home

The four-ton concrete sperm whale has been on the road since 2011.
July 05, 2017
The Great U.S.-Canada Lobster Roll War
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The Great U.S.-Canada Lobster Roll War

A very specific arms race (claws race?) goes international.
July 04, 2017
Volunteers in India Planted 66 Million Trees in One Day
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Volunteers in India Planted 66 Million Trees in One Day

Madhya Pradesh is now a whole lot greener.
July 03, 2017
The First Asteroid We Knew Would Hit Earth in Advance
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The First Asteroid We Knew Would Hit Earth in Advance

When 2008-TC3 crashed into the Sudanese desert, not everyone was surprised.
June 30, 2017
St. Petersburg Is Covered in Mysterious Butt Graffiti
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St. Petersburg Is Covered in Mysterious Butt Graffiti

Sun's out, buns out.
June 30, 2017
The Long, Weird Half-Life of Trinitite
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The Long, Weird Half-Life of Trinitite

The synthetic material—forged in the blast of the first nuclear bomb test—has been buried, sold, collected, displayed, and even made into jewelry.
June 30, 2017
Sony's Vinyl Comeback After Nearly 30 Years
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Sony's Vinyl Comeback After Nearly 30 Years

It's back in demand.
June 29, 2017
Don't Put Your Popcorn Under an Automatic Hand Dryer
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Don't Put Your Popcorn Under an Automatic Hand Dryer

Patrons of one Philadelphia movie theater are learning this the hard way.
June 28, 2017
For Sale: A Button That Helped Change World War II
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For Sale: A Button That Helped Change World War II

Bomber release buttons were the final push—literally—in the 1943 Dambusters raid.
June 27, 2017
The Enduring Legacy of the Worcester Whirlwind
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The Enduring Legacy of the Worcester Whirlwind

Cyclist Marshall W. "Major" Taylor was the first internationally famous African-American athlete.
June 26, 2017
Meet the Belfast 'Fatberg,' the Grossest Thing You'll See All Day
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sewers

Meet the Belfast 'Fatberg,' the Grossest Thing You'll See All Day

The mass of grease and baby wipes has been slowly amassing beneath the streets.
June 26, 2017
All the Animals That Love Touchscreens
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naturecultures

All the Animals That Love Touchscreens

From wolves to penguins to tortoises, creatures of all stripes are discovering the joys of computing. Could it improve their lives?
June 23, 2017
Red-Winged Blackbirds Are Attacking People in Chicago
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Red-Winged Blackbirds Are Attacking People in Chicago

Someone just sued over it.
June 23, 2017
America's Oldest Log Cabin Is For Sale
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America's Oldest Log Cabin Is For Sale

"Nothnagle Log Home," a registered National Historic Site, could be yours for $2.9 million.
June 22, 2017
This Ikea Bowl Has Been Setting Things on Fire
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This Ikea Bowl Has Been Setting Things on Fire

The innocent-looking "Blanda blank" is a pyromaniac.
June 21, 2017
The Mysterious Dolphins of the Potomac
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The Mysterious Dolphins of the Potomac

Almost nothing is known about the hundreds of bottlenoses who spend their summers near D.C.—but a group of researchers is trying to change that.
June 20, 2017
Stolen: An Amputated Toe Used to Make Cocktails
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Stolen: An Amputated Toe Used to Make Cocktails

The Downtown Hotel's famous "Sourtoe Cocktail" is now missing its garnish.
June 20, 2017
The Lion-Shaped Maps That United a Nation
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The Lion-Shaped Maps That United a Nation

Back in the 16th century, the "Leo Belgicus" helped the Netherlands win a long war for independence.
June 19, 2017