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The Snowy Owls Are Back in Town
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The Snowy Owls Are Back in Town

Them wild-eyed birds that had been away.
December 07, 2017
How Far Can You Abstract a Map?
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How Far Can You Abstract a Map?

Morphology, an exploratory cartographic tool, turns the whole world into swoops and lines.
December 06, 2017
Will 2017 Be the Gävle Goat's Lucky Year?
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Will 2017 Be the Gävle Goat's Lucky Year?

Everyone's favorite arson-prone ungulate is hoping to survive the season, for once.
December 05, 2017
Before Edward Lear Was a Limerick Genius, He Was a Teenage Parrot-Painting Prodigy
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poetry

Before Edward Lear Was a Limerick Genius, He Was a Teenage Parrot-Painting Prodigy

The beloved children's poet spent his own youth "at the West End / painting the best end / of some vast Parrots / as red as new carrots."
December 04, 2017
To Identify Whale Sharks, Scientists Looked to the Stars
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To Identify Whale Sharks, Scientists Looked to the Stars

A groundbreaking marine database was only made possible by a telescope algorithm.
December 01, 2017
How Professionals Wrestle With One of the World's Scariest Plants
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evil plants

How Professionals Wrestle With One of the World's Scariest Plants

Giant hogweed can cause blistering burns and even blindness. So what do you do if you want to preserve one?
November 30, 2017
This Camera Recorded Its Own Disappearance
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journeys

This Camera Recorded Its Own Disappearance

Swept 350 miles across the sea, it would like to be reunited with its owner.
November 30, 2017
The World's Deepest-Living Fish Is Surprisingly Cute
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The World's Deepest-Living Fish Is Surprisingly Cute

Meet the Mariana snailfish, the top dog at the bottom of the world.
November 29, 2017
The First Cat in Space Deserves a Memorial
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space

The First Cat in Space Deserves a Memorial

And if all goes well, she's finally going to get one.
November 27, 2017
The Treasures Blooming in Canada's Largest Seed Catalog Archive
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archive

The Treasures Blooming in Canada's Largest Seed Catalog Archive

They were once considered disposable, but the Royal Botanical Gardens is putting 30,000 horticultural periodicals to good use.
November 22, 2017
This Water Safety Campaign in New Zealand Has a Stylish, Sinister Mascot
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marketing

This Water Safety Campaign in New Zealand Has a Stylish, Sinister Mascot

Meet the Swim Reaper.
November 21, 2017
Untangling the Secrets of One of Harvard’s Historic Hair Collections
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hair

Untangling the Secrets of One of Harvard’s Historic Hair Collections

The university's Houghton Library is home to a number of famous tresses.
November 20, 2017
The Ferry McFerryface Controversy Tearing Australia Apart
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The Ferry McFerryface Controversy Tearing Australia Apart

Politicians are angry, workers are threatening to strike, and at least one environmentalist is devastated.
November 17, 2017
France's Lost Pigeon-and-Balloon Memorial Is Well Worth Remembering
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balloons

France's Lost Pigeon-and-Balloon Memorial Is Well Worth Remembering

The statue—made by the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty—paid tribute to a flock of 19th-century war heroes.
November 16, 2017
Nova Scotia Is Streaming Its Favorite Local Meat Log
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Nova Scotia Is Streaming Its Favorite Local Meat Log

The donair, a Haligonian delicacy, is getting its moment in the sun (or heatlamp).
November 15, 2017
Watch 245 People Rope-Swing Off a Bridge in Tandem
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Watch 245 People Rope-Swing Off a Bridge in Tandem

Wheeeeeeeee!!!!!!!
November 10, 2017
Why Can't People Stop Touching Museum Exhibits?
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artifacts

Why Can't People Stop Touching Museum Exhibits?

After years of watching, one researcher thinks she's got the answer.
November 10, 2017
Among Puerto Rico's Displaced Residents, an Entire Flock of Endangered Parrots
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endangered animals

Among Puerto Rico's Displaced Residents, an Entire Flock of Endangered Parrots

Still, the island's animal conservationists have no intention of giving up.
November 08, 2017
A Day in the Life of a Rock 'n' Roll Librarian
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rock and roll

A Day in the Life of a Rock 'n' Roll Librarian

It's not all finding secret notes from Keith Richards... but some of it is.
November 06, 2017
Watch a Wind Turbine Blade Take a Slow, Ungainly Road Trip
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wind

Watch a Wind Turbine Blade Take a Slow, Ungainly Road Trip

Real-life blade running.
November 06, 2017
What Happens When a Queen Bee Decides to Ride a Motorcycle
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motorcycles

What Happens When a Queen Bee Decides to Ride a Motorcycle

A street in Sydney, Australia, ended up hosting a cloud of worker bees three stories high.
November 03, 2017
Celebrating a 100-Inch Telescope's 100th Birthday
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birthdays

Celebrating a 100-Inch Telescope's 100th Birthday

What do you give a scope that has everything?
November 03, 2017
Entries for the Turnip Prize Are Now Open
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Entries for the Turnip Prize Are Now Open

The annual contest celebrates very low-effort art.
November 01, 2017
The Modern Lives of Medieval Monster Scholars
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The Modern Lives of Medieval Monster Scholars

It's an interesting time to see the world through the eyes of blemmyes and demons.
October 31, 2017