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underwater

How a King's Feast of Sturgeon Sank to the Bottom of the Baltic Sea

In 1495, a fire destroyed a stately ship and sank a big fish.
September 23, 2020
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scientists at work

Found: The Rare Singing Dogs of New Guinea, In the Wild

The distant cousin of the dingo had been hiding out in the island’s highlands.
September 10, 2020
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archive

Inside a Historic Observatory That Almost Went Up in Flames

Lick Observatory in California has lived to see another starry night.
September 3, 2020
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coins

For Sale: One of the First and Most Valuable Dollars in U.S. History

You’ll need a lot of pretty pennies to buy it.
August 28, 2020
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american revolution

The Death Site of John Laurens, Friend to Alexander Hamilton, Was a Mystery—Until Now

The 18th-century soldier, statesman, and abolitionist was also a character in the hit musical 'Hamilton.'
August 19, 2020
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llamas

Found: A Miniature Incan Llama at the Bottom of Lake Titicaca

The centuries-old offering was nestled inside an underwater stone box.
August 12, 2020
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missiles

For Sale: A Cold War Bunker and Missile Silo in North Dakota

“It’s the ultimate in social distancing.”
August 4, 2020
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stonehenge

We Now Know Where Almost All of Stonehenge's Stones Came From

The main source for its largest megaliths is just a stone’s throw from the iconic site.
July 31, 2020
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iron age

Subterranean Scans Reveal New Mysteries at an Ancient Irish 'Fort'

Navan Fort is perched on an Irish hilltop, but some of its history hides beneath the soil.
July 23, 2020
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drinks

How a Viral Tweet Brought Back a Boozy Root Beer Called Cronk

Who said Cronk was dead?
July 23, 2020
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jellyfish

Why Do Marine Animals Love Gobbling Up Gelatinous Jellyfish?

Moon jellyfish are mostly water—but one part of these slippery creatures is surprisingly nutritious.
July 15, 2020
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holes

Near Stonehenge, an Even Bigger Neolithic Site Is Hidden Underground

A giant circle of pits is the largest Neolithic site found in Britain to date.
June 29, 2020
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teeth

Why Did This Ancient Marsupial Have Saber Teeth?

Turns out they're useful if you want to slurp up your food.
June 26, 2020
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empire

Did an Alaskan Volcano Help Change the Face of the Mediterranean World?

At the time, unrest roiled Egypt and an empire rose in Rome.
June 23, 2020
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invertebrates

What It’s Like to Be The Namesake of a Deep-Sea Worm

We asked Ivvet Modinou about the underwater creature that shares her name: P. modinouae.
June 22, 2020
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ecology

After 65 Years, a Wild Ass Is Back in Eastern Mongolia

Khulan have been on the wrong side of the tracks for far too long.
June 17, 2020
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monastery

In Mongolia, a Mysterious Island Ruin Is Finally Giving Up Its Secrets

Solar radiation and dead trees tell us when Por-Bajin was built—and why it was neither palace nor fortress.
June 16, 2020
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mayan

Found: The Oldest and Largest Maya Structure in Mexico

If it weren't for aerial surveys and lidar imaging, Aguada Fénix might never have claimed the superlative crown.
June 12, 2020
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empire

To Work Out Like an Aztec, Play Hard Ball or Invest in Sneakers

Turns out there’s a lot of running involved in running an empire.
June 12, 2020
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warriors

To Work Out Like a Knight, Try Donning Armor and Extolling Virtue

Being fit and chivalric is as much a mental state as a physical one.
June 5, 2020
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automata

What It’s Like to Build a Traditional Japanese Automaton From Scratch

All you need is a good imagination. And a whole lot of patience.
June 4, 2020
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technology

How to Scour the Landscape for Cultural Heritage From Your Home

Patience and the right resources are key.
June 2, 2020
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warriors

To Work Out Like an Amazon, Limber Up and Find a Horse

The fearsome fighters of Greek mythology have a very real, very fit regimen to share.
May 29, 2020
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illuminated manuscripts

Explore the Whimsical Flora of a 15th-Century Italian Folio

An herbal a day will take the green from your gills away—and perhaps apply it to your thumb.
May 28, 2020