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time capsule

The Things Inside This 105-Year-Old Time Capsule Have Hardly Aged a Day

The slew of ephemera was tucked in a copper box behind a cornerstone at Arlington National Cemetery.
May 22, 2020
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citizen science

Michigan Archaeologists Want Your Help Scouting for Shipwrecks

Look, document, but please don't touch.
May 21, 2020
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quarantine

Life Under Lockdown, as Seen Through 16 Disposable Cameras

A collaborative photo project tells personal stories of the pandemic in the U.K.
May 19, 2020
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plastic

These Bugs Armor Themselves in Tiny Shards of Colorful Trash

Caddisfly larvae are adapting to polluted waterways, but their recycling strategy has its drawbacks.
May 13, 2020
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scientists at work

The Slippery Problem of Measuring Enormous Hunks of Hail

They’re huge, rare, and melting all the time.
May 12, 2020
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pandemic

The Strange, Smelly Chores That Keep Natural History Museums Running

Even during a pandemic, someone's gotta feed the flesh-eating beetles.
May 12, 2020
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pandemic

In the Era of COVID-19, Fieldwork Is Scrappy and Socially Distant

And sometimes involves storing dead fish in your in-laws’ freezer.
May 7, 2020
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puzzles

Cartographic Puzzles Are Poised for a Comeback

When nothing in the world seems to fit together, “dissected maps” offer a cognitive balm.
May 5, 2020
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highways

Tumbleweeds Usually Tumble, But Sometimes They Tornado

Matt McKnight caught a botanical maelstrom on camera in Eastern Washington.
May 4, 2020
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abstract wonder

This Image Was Crowned NASA's Most Spectacular Portrait of Earth

Gaze into the depths of the ocean—from space.
May 1, 2020
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everyday wonder

A Cloud Gazer's Guide to Every Fluffy Thing in the Sky

Clouds are "a wilderness within everybody's grasp."
April 30, 2020
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how to

It's the Perfect Time to Record Your Family's History. Here's How.

Invite your relatives to share great stories with these tips from oral historians.
April 29, 2020
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botany

Preserve Your Quarantine Nature Walks With a DIY Herbarium

Pressed plants can be your journal of the pandemic.
April 28, 2020
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coronavirus

How America's Botanic Gardens Are Growing Without Visitors

Watering and weeding can't wait until the pandemic has passed.
April 23, 2020
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obscura academy

Stay Home and Build Miniature Monuments, From Stonehenge to Giza

Who needs stones when you have marshmallows or foam?
April 21, 2020
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pandemic

How Museums Will Eventually Tell the Story of COVID-19

Masks, ventilators, and Zoom recordings may one day be the artifacts of our time.
April 17, 2020
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dancing

Hobbies to Hone While Hunkering Down, With Help From Public TV

Learn to draw, craft up a storm, or boogie like it's 1979.
April 16, 2020
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citizen science

A Field Guide to the Miniature Menagerie Inside Your Own Home

There's no social distance between you and your face mites.
April 14, 2020
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pandemic

Why Telephone Companies Once Discouraged People From Chatting

Today phones have grown critical for making personal connections. The first phone companies probably wouldn't have been thrilled.
April 9, 2020
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fiction

Escape Into These Fantastical, Imaginary Maps

When the real world feels unbearable, why not chart a course through lands that are literally unreal?
April 9, 2020
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archives

Even More Ways to Help Librarians and Archivists From Home

As long as we're all cooped-up, here are six digital projects that could use your curiosity.
April 7, 2020
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citizen science

This Is a Great Time to Busy Yourself With Bees

You can invite them over by planting some native plants on your deck or fire escape.
April 2, 2020
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satellite

Escape Into NASA's Most Incredible Images of Our Planet

And don't forget to cast your vote in "Tournament Earth."
April 1, 2020
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travel

Let Your Mind Wander With These Gloriously Detailed Maps

Satisfy your urge to roam and while away some time with these picks from cartographic collectors, curators, and scholars.
March 31, 2020