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greenhouses

A 'Century Plant' in Chicago Is Having an Epic Growth Spurt

It's outgrown the greenhouse, and it's a big greenhouse.
May 16, 2019
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love

A Secret Cupid Is Emerging From a 17th-Century Vermeer

It's been known for decades, but recent work showed that it had been painted over after the artist's death.
May 14, 2019
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chemistry

Medieval Africans Had a Unique Process for Purifying Gold With Glass

And scientists in Illinois have recreated it.
May 9, 2019
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drugs

In a Remote Bolivian Cave, Evidence of a Trippy Ritual

Found in a sack made of fox snouts.
May 8, 2019
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moon

For Sale: The Instruction Manual Used During the First Moon Landing

It includes the first writing from a human on another celestial body.
May 2, 2019
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aviation

The Short-Lived Airline That Shuttled Sightseers to America's National Parks

National Parks Airways only lasted for 10 years.
April 30, 2019
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story

A Popular Hiking Trail Just Reopened at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

In the wake of the massive Kīlauea eruption in 2018, staff have worked assiduously to repair the park's infrastructure.
April 25, 2019
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magic

Yes, It's a Witch Bottle Hunt

And if you live in Britain, you might be able to help.
April 23, 2019
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sun

Why Desert Sunsets Are Incredibly Colorful

Turns out, dry, clean air is the secret to a vivid landscape.
April 23, 2019
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deserts & desserts

How a Meteor Crash Formed Stunning Desert Glass

It was precious enough for King Tut’s tomb.
April 23, 2019
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drones

A Remote Valley, a Drone, And an Extinct Flower That's Not Extinct Anymore

A find from Hawai'i's cliffs.
April 18, 2019
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poison

The First Golden Eagle Tagged in Yellowstone Was Poisoned by Lead Shot

Hopefully it wasn't all in vain.
April 16, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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diner

You Can Have This Historic Queens Diner For Free

But you only have a month to pick up your order.
April 11, 2019
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electricity

Air Conditioning Caused the Fire That Claimed Brazil's National Museum

And budget cuts allowed it to spread.
April 9, 2019
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for sale

For Sale: The Entire Town of Story, Indiana

For $3.8 million, you can write the next chapter.
April 5, 2019
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ghost towns

You Can Apply to Spend a Month Making Art in a Utah Ghost Town

Welcome to Cisco.
April 4, 2019
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color

Images of Old Russia, From a Color Photography Pioneer

A revolution in the use of filters, way before Instagram.
March 28, 2019
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coral reefs

Seabird Poop Can Be Good for Coral Reefs

The eternal, ecological, excremental connection between sea, land, and sky.
March 26, 2019
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hidden

Found: Papers Hidden in the Floors and Rafters of Van Gogh's Old Boarding House

There's still a brittle wad of paper to open up and examine.
March 21, 2019
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genetics

How DNA From a 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Maryland and Sierra Leone

Genetics has many stories to tell about enslaved people.
March 19, 2019
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butterflies

An Amazing Butterfly Irruption Is Swarming Across California

Painted ladies are taking the skies by storm.
March 14, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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blueberries

Scientists Found That You Can Grow Better Blueberries by Ditching the Fertilizer

And adding grass.
March 12, 2019
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for sale

For Sale: The English Farmhouse That May Have Inspired 'Wuthering Heights'

Literary history is up for grabs, if you have the means.
March 7, 2019
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crime

Found: A 'Life' Magazine Stolen From a Library 51 Years Ago

The sender returned it, confessed, and paid up.
March 5, 2019