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engineering

How Students Built a 16th-Century Engineer's Book-Reading Machine

The bookwheel helps readers browse eight texts at once. The only problem? It weighs 600 pounds.
July 1, 2020
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art outside

The Tiny Town Where Corrugated Iron Becomes Building-Sized Art

In Tirau, New Zealand, a classic construction material takes on a life of its own.
June 18, 2020
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animal cams

The Library-Themed Livestream Where Birds Stretch Their Wings

A little "library" that's literally for the birds.
June 12, 2020
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secret lives of museums

The Epic Journey of an Exquisite Jade Pagoda

It started life as a jadeite boulder in modern-day Myanmar. Now it's a celebrated part of a Chicago museum.
May 26, 2020
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hats

Was a Classic Chinese Hat an Early Form of Social Distancing?

Zhanjiao futou, or hats with "wings," became a common accessory during the Song Dynasty.
May 20, 2020
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birthdays

Zoos Make Birthday Cakes From Bugs, Bamboo, Melons, and More

Henry the Aldabra tortoise turned 60 with a massive fruit-and-veggie confection.
May 14, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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asian america

Feast Your Eyes on Delectable Clay Replicas of Asian-American Foods

In the past two years, Stephanie H. Shih has folded more than 1,000 ceramic dumplings.
May 6, 2020
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exploration

7 Spectacular Libraries You Can Explore From Your Living Room

You can almost smell the old books.
April 24, 2020
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crabs

Photographs Capture the Ancient Elegance of Horseshoe Crabs

"Nature is there for you, especially when you need it."
April 20, 2020
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coronavirus

Social Distancing Is Bringing Drive-In Theaters Back to Life

"I really think it’s gonna help the drive-ins. Will it last? Only time will tell."
April 10, 2020
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secret lives of museums

A Loopy Library of Sounds Features Sprinklers, Sirens, and Freud's Toilet

The Museum of Portable Sound normally resides on an iPhone 4S. Now, you can hear it via video chat.
April 3, 2020
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obscura academy

10 Cultural Craft Projects to Calm Your Cooped-Up Kids

Museums around the world have created new ways to play from home.
April 1, 2020
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obscura academy

Lose Yourself in a Mesmerizing, Meticulous Map of the Met

The beloved New York museum comes alive in this massive and mysterious illustration.
March 30, 2020
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cryptids

A Healing Spirit From 19th-Century Japan Is Back to Face COVID-19

Artists are bringing back Amabie, a 'yōkai' associated with protection from disease.
March 25, 2020
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hot springs

How to Win a Hair-Freezing Contest in Northern Canada

"Finally, I could have zero-gravity hair!"
March 20, 2020
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disappearing world

An Artist Immortalizes Hong Kong's Neon Signs, One Stitch at a Time

Percy Lam uses embroidery to preserve an art form that's hanging by a thread.
March 13, 2020
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textiles

The Surprising Complexity of an Unfinished American Quilt

A community of feminist crafters grapples with a patriotic quilt that a 99-year-old nurse left behind.
December 12, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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trains

A Newly Digitized Menu Collection Shows Off America’s Lost Railroad Cuisine

Once, Americans rode the rails for charbroiled steak, golden French toast, and prunes.
December 2, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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protest

To Protest a Feared Extradition Bill, Hongkongers Turn to Mooncakes

A bakery is churning out profane, popular protest pastries.
July 16, 2019
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airports

Meet the Farm Animals That Help One of America’s Busiest Airports Run

At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, these hungry herds serve an additional purpose beyond simple gardening.
June 19, 2019
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playgrounds

In Singapore, Playgrounds Are Capsules of National Identity

The designer Khor Ean Ghee helped define the appearance of the city-state's leisure spaces.
June 11, 2019
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entomology

In Ancient China, Pet Crickets Spent the Winter in Opulent Gourds

More than functional, these fleshy fruits developed into a striking art form.
June 5, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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rice

Ancient Chinese Buildings Are Held Together With Rice, Sugar, and Blood

Edible additives in mortar served both practical and philosophical purposes.
May 6, 2019
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puzzles

The Mind-Boggling Artistry of China’s Ivory Puzzle Balls

This traditional art from Guangzhou can never be produced legally again.
May 3, 2019