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The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale
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The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale

While on the job, the anatomist Dr. Joy Reidenberg has been escorted by police and scrutinized by nude sunbathers.
April 23, 2018
Lost Footage Filmed After the 1906 San Francisco Quake Finally Gets a Premiere
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Lost Footage Filmed After the 1906 San Francisco Quake Finally Gets a Premiere

The scenes, shown in a silent-film museum, provide a new glimpse of the earthquake's aftermath.
April 20, 2018
A Dying 700-Year-Old Banyan Tree Was Brought Back to Life With an IV
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forests

A Dying 700-Year-Old Banyan Tree Was Brought Back to Life With an IV

It's clinging to life drip-by-drip.
April 20, 2018
The Art of Dressing Mannequins in Rare and Historic Garments
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The Art of Dressing Mannequins in Rare and Historic Garments

It's not easy.
April 13, 2018
Found: A 19th-Century Slaughterhouse Beneath a Former Nightclub
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archaeology

Found: A 19th-Century Slaughterhouse Beneath a Former Nightclub

An abattoir was lurking under a popular student haunt in Edinburgh.
April 13, 2018
Found: 1,500-Year-Old Burnt Onion Linked to 'Sweden's Pompeii'
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Found: 1,500-Year-Old Burnt Onion Linked to 'Sweden's Pompeii'

The ancient vegetable affirms a Swedish island's ties to the Roman Empire.
April 12, 2018
Found: 13,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Off Canada's Pacific Coast
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archaeology

Found: 13,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Off Canada's Pacific Coast

They support a hypothesis that early people followed a coastal migration route into North America.
March 28, 2018
Found: A 2,500-Year-Old Mummy in a Seemingly Empty Coffin
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Found: A 2,500-Year-Old Mummy in a Seemingly Empty Coffin

Surprise!
March 28, 2018
With Musical Cryptography, Composers Can Hide Messages in Their Melodies
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With Musical Cryptography, Composers Can Hide Messages in Their Melodies

By mapping notes to letters, some musicians sneak secret words into tunes.
March 26, 2018
Found: An Ancient Depiction of Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut
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egypt

Found: An Ancient Depiction of Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut

A broken artifact sat in storage for over 20 years before an expert spotted the queen on it.
March 26, 2018
Found: A Giant Inflatable Duck, Lost at Sea
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Found: A Giant Inflatable Duck, Lost at Sea

How do you lose a house-sized duck?
March 19, 2018
Found: Fossilized Pterodactyls With 30-Foot Wingspans
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Found: Fossilized Pterodactyls With 30-Foot Wingspans

These prehistoric reptiles reigned over the skies 66 million years ago.
March 16, 2018
Found: A Rare Hare, Rediscovered in Nepal's Chitwan National Park
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Found: A Rare Hare, Rediscovered in Nepal's Chitwan National Park

Thirty-four years after it was thought extinct, the hispid hare is alive and kicking.
March 15, 2018
Found: A New Frog Species Born With Suction-Cup Bellies
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Found: A New Frog Species Born With Suction-Cup Bellies

Tadpoles with "belly suckers" are wriggling around Sumatra.
March 12, 2018
From Apartheid-Era Inmate to Tour Guide—at the Same Prison
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From Apartheid-Era Inmate to Tour Guide—at the Same Prison

Thulani Mabaso spent six years in a cell at Robben Island. Now he’s back to show visitors around.
March 08, 2018
Found: A Tropical Plant Last Spotted Over 150 Years Ago
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Found: A Tropical Plant Last Spotted Over 150 Years Ago

Thismia neptunis is back, and its alien looks were worth the wait.
March 06, 2018
The National Park Service Kindly Requests You Stop Leaving Your Poop on Denali
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hiking

The National Park Service Kindly Requests You Stop Leaving Your Poop on Denali

When in doubt, carry it out.
March 02, 2018
The First (Documented) Black Woman to Serve in the U.S. Army
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black history

The First (Documented) Black Woman to Serve in the U.S. Army

Cathay Williams, who posed as a man in order to enlist in 1866, leaves a legacy that’s open to interpretation.
February 28, 2018
Immortalizing Human Scents as Memory Perfumes
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noses

Immortalizing Human Scents as Memory Perfumes

Bodily odors are forever.
February 26, 2018
In the Future, We May Paint With Brightly Colored Bacteria
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chemistry

In the Future, We May Paint With Brightly Colored Bacteria

Researchers have cracked the genetic code behind nature's structural colors, allowing them to be replicated fast.
February 20, 2018
What Would It Take to Make Nepal the Next Great Ski Destination?
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What Would It Take to Make Nepal the Next Great Ski Destination?

High hopes and high slopes, but few skiers.
February 15, 2018
The Stories Hidden in Fossilized Mammoth Footprints
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mammoths

The Stories Hidden in Fossilized Mammoth Footprints

What researchers uncovered when they analyzed 43,000-year-old tracks.
February 14, 2018
Bwaaat! How the Air Horn Made Noise in Pop Music
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hip hop

Bwaaat! How the Air Horn Made Noise in Pop Music

Pay attention.
February 08, 2018
How the Design of Dice Evolved Over Time
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math

How the Design of Dice Evolved Over Time

2,000 years of dicey odds.
February 06, 2018