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empire

The Republic of Venice Died in 1797. Now You Can Visit It.

Meet Giovanni Vale, your travel guide to countries that no longer exist.
March 10, 2020
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genetics

Found: Possible Traces of DNA, in a Fossilized Dino Skull

This ancient hadrosaur has some microscopic secrets.
March 5, 2020
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wax anatomy

Why a 272-Year-Old Philosopher Just Got Carted Across a College Quad

A new home for Jeremy Bentham’s old bones is prompting a philosophical debate.
March 4, 2020
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utopias

For Sale: Sir Thomas More’s Utopian Alphabet

The humanist scholar fudged a language into existence.
March 2, 2020
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photography

Revisiting a Classic Photo Compendium of Giant Roadside Curios

John Margolies played an outsize role in memorializing America’s outsize attractions.
February 28, 2020
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tidal

The Daily Race to Find Jersey Artifacts Before the Tide Comes In

In a place that comes and goes, slow archaeological work has to be done fast.
February 27, 2020
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biodiversity

How Reading Lava Flows Reveals a Lost Paradise

Human harm is burned into Réunion’s ecological record.
February 25, 2020
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mint

For Sale: Royally Minted Coins, Decorated With Dinosaurs

It’s change 165 million years in the making.
February 20, 2020
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destination southern africa

For the Madagascan Aye-Aye, the Rule of Thumb Comes in Two

The extra digits are yet another of the odd animal's oddities.
February 19, 2020
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biodiversity

See 500 Years of Artful Nature Illustrations

Over 57 million pages of wildlife are catalogued.
February 17, 2020
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marine

Why the Suez Canal Is a Superhighway for Invasive Species

And the newcomers show no signs of slowing down.
February 13, 2020
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monastery

Found: The First Anglo-Saxon Building in Bath

The discovery, in a city famed for its Roman ruins, may mark the site of England’s first coronation.
February 11, 2020
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evolution

See Australian Fauna in These Audubon-esque Illustrations

The 19th-century lithographs document a unique biodiversity that’s slipping away.
February 6, 2020
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psychology

The Mystery of Neolithic Slovakia's Rotating Villages

It’s hard to think straight when your brain is asymmetric.
February 5, 2020
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color

See Miami's Waterfront Through Its Midcentury Modern Lifeguard Stations

Pack your sunscreen, George Jetson.
February 3, 2020
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bamboo

How Bamboo Sticks Help Vietnamese Villagers Shoulder Mighty Loads

It's a matter of simple physics.
January 31, 2020
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destination southern africa

When South Africa Was Home to the 'Firewalkers' of Karoo

The reptilian critters may not have survived, but they made sure to sign off feet first.
January 29, 2020
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mars

Utah's Great Salt Lake Could Hold Clues to Life on Mars

The mineral mirabilite is the key.
January 28, 2020
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logging

Why Trees Are the Most Reliable Historians of Early America

Dendrochronology doesn't just work on forests. It works on buildings too.
January 23, 2020
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radioactive

9 Years Later, Furry Friends—and Foes—Are Returning to Fukushima

Few of them seem to miss the missing humans.
January 21, 2020
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clams

Some Neanderthals Wintered in Italy, Diving for Clams

In the absence of stone tools, bivalves would have to do.
January 16, 2020
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hunting

How Vikings Hunted Themselves Off of Greenland

Even marauding Norsemen can be guilty of entrepreneurial overreach.
January 15, 2020
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olympics

Sold: Pierre de Coubertin’s Blueprint for the Olympics

The 14-page speech is now the world’s most expensive piece of sports memorabilia.
January 13, 2020
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livestock

An Australian Researcher Is Linking Cow Moos and Moods

Their individual voices help them as a herd.
January 10, 2020