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oceans

American Lobsters Crossing Atlantic to Annoy Europe

Sweden, in particular, isn't into it.
March 18, 2016
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lenin

Ukraine Removes Massive Lenin Statue For Online Audience of Thousands

The 66-foot statue is one of almost 1,000 that the country has removed.
March 17, 2016
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naval history

The Robinson Crusoe of Dogs Survived 5 Weeks Alone on a Deserted Island

A German Shepherd that fell off a boat in early February was just found alive.
March 17, 2016
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mathematics

Professor Gets $700,000 After Solving 358-Year-Old Math Problem

A successful proof for Fermat's Last Theorem took a very long time.
March 17, 2016
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mummies

Puppy Frozen for Millennia Emerges With Brain Mostly Intact

The puppy was found mummified in Siberia.
March 16, 2016
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solar power

Airport Goes All-Solar After Getting Tired of Paying Electricity Bill

Cochin International Airport in southern India is now the world's first airport to be powered entirely by solar energy.
March 16, 2016
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libraries

British Library Recruiting Joke Detectives to Find Victorian Humor

It was known as a dour time, but puns were popular.
March 16, 2016
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magic

Congressman Proposes Resolution to Recognize Magic as Rare and Valuable

"Magic is a unifying force across cultural, religious, ethnic, and age differences in our diverse Nation."
March 15, 2016
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dinosaurs

Newly-Found Species Shows Tyrannosaurus Rex Had Brains Before Might

The newly-discovered ancestor had the smarts of T. rex but was the size of a horse.
March 15, 2016
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shipwrecks

Shipwreck from Vasco da Gama's Armada Found off Arabian Peninsula

The ship is believed to be the Esmeralda, which sank in May 1503 after a tempest.
March 15, 2016
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ninjas

You Still Have Time to Apply to Be a Full-Time Ninja in Japan

Six positions are available.
March 14, 2016
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oceans

Have Scientists Cracked the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?

Some have questioned whether there is any mystery at all.
March 14, 2016
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oregon

Why Were Hellfire Missiles Found on a Passenger Plane?

One news agency said the missiles were in coffins.
March 14, 2016
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politics

An Interview with the Artist Behind This Life-Sized Bronze Trump Bust

Keith Allen Johnson is a sculptor, Georgian, and Trump superfan.
March 11, 2016
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robots

Robots Sent in to the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Have Died

Five specially-built robots "have failed to return."
March 11, 2016
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preservation

Restoration of Spanish Castle Goes Very Wrong

The Matrera Castle seems to have lost its thousand-year-old dignity.
March 11, 2016
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banks

The Spelling Mistake that Foiled a Bank Heist of Nearly $1 Billion

The cyber thieves got tripped up by "foundation."
March 10, 2016
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dolphins

Russia Recruits Combat Dolphins, Lists Perfect Teeth As Prerequisite

The dolphins would join a secretive program that once taught the animals how to kill.
March 10, 2016
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refugees

The Only Syrian Cosmonaut Is a Refugee in Turkey

The 64-year-old retired general is a national hero.
March 9, 2016
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spiders

Newly-Identified Spider Rides Waves, Catches Fish

The spider is named for a Columbia University string theorist.
March 9, 2016
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alaska

Polar Bears Win Huge Swath of Alaska

Around 187,000 square miles is theirs.
March 8, 2016
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caves

Was this Scottish Cave Actually a Druid Temple?

A historian thinks he's finally found the purpose behind centuries-old caves in Edinburgh.
March 8, 2016
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canada

Mysterious American Hum Returns to Haunt Canada

The exact source of the droning sound has never been discovered.
March 8, 2016
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computers

Quantum Hacking of State Secrets Moves Closer to Reality

Scientists say they've built a scalable quantum computer.
March 7, 2016