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lightning

Why Is It So Hard to Paint Lightning?

Capturing lightning on a canvas is just as difficult as it sounds.
June 8, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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debate

When Two Economists Scientifically Ranked New York's Best Deli Sandwiches

The Madansky-Shubik experiment settled one beef and started many more.
June 7, 2018
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genetics

A Gorilla Poop Treasure Hunt Through Central Africa's Virunga Volcanoes

How researchers collect genetic info without disturbing the majestic primates.
June 6, 2018
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construction

Revisiting the Heyday of California's 'Crazy' Novelty Architecture

Giant hats, portly pigs, and drive-thru donuts.
June 4, 2018
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fairytales

Where Are Europe's Last Fairytale Forests?

Mapping the oldest and least-disturbed tracts of trees is easier said than done.
June 1, 2018
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clothing

Glass Dresses, The Fairytale Fashion Trend That Never Quite Took Off

The World's Fair showstopper highlighted the appetite for mingling science and apparel.
May 25, 2018
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future

The Artist Who Imagined Zaire as a Miniature Utopia

In his multimedia sculptures, Bodys Isek Kingelez offered a fantastical vision for the freshly independent country.
May 24, 2018
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earth

The Incredibly Tricky Task of Measuring All Life on Earth

Humans make up just 0.01 percent of the biomass on the planet—the same as termites.
May 22, 2018
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biodiversity

Cold, Damp 'Sky Islands' Are Hotspots for Unusual Plants and Animals

Exploring an ecological oasis high up on the Philippines' Palawan Island.
May 21, 2018
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rodents

The Intrepid Rat-Sniffing Terriers of South Georgia Island

It took 200 years to rid the island of rats, and three dogs to make sure they were gone.
May 17, 2018
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jazz

The Milky Way Sounds Like a Wacky Jazz Ensemble

An astronomer translated the sounds of galactic gases into a piece of music.
May 16, 2018
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microbes

Is a Chimpanzee's Bed Cleaner Than Yours?

Maybe it's best not to think too much about what's in your bed now.
May 16, 2018
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invertebrates

The Secrets Hiding in the Simplest Animal Brains

One researcher thinks mollusks called chitons are more complex than they seem.
May 16, 2018
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solar system

How to Appreciate Saturn as Abstract Art

In an image captured by Cassini, the gas giant's rings look like razor-thin blades.
May 14, 2018
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tools

How Post-Revolutionary France Grew Obsessed With Gardens and Gadgets

As park and garden space expanded, middle-class fleuristes needed shears, watering cans, and umbrellas topped with pruning shears.
May 10, 2018
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bacteria

The Moldy Medallions That Preserve Penicillin's Past

Alexander Fleming, the researcher who discovered it, started culturing commemorative keepsakes.
May 10, 2018
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service

How to See Jupiter in All Its Glory

Throughout May, the gas giant will be close to Earth and visible all night long.
May 8, 2018
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sinkhole

A Massive Sinkhole in New Zealand Exposed Traces of an Ancient Volcano

The canyon's walls tell the story of long-ego eruptions.
May 7, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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cooking

How to Reconstruct an Ancient Meal From Dirty Dishes Alone

Archaeologists and chefs used chemical analysis—and their taste buds—to solve a culinary puzzle from China.
May 4, 2018
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sale

This Old Coast Guard Tower Could Be the Ocean Hideout of Your Dreams

North Carolina's Frying Pan Tower is for sale.
May 4, 2018
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manhattan project

How the Manhattan Project's Nuclear Suburb Stayed Secret

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, once home to 75,000, went up fast and under the radar. But it was built to last, too.
May 3, 2018
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epidemics

The Geekiest Cuff Links of 1900 Featured Little Images of Plague Bacteria

No one knows who made them or why.
May 2, 2018
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internet

What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes

Some scientists are studying YouTube comments and trying to go viral.
May 1, 2018
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universe

Get Lost in This Mind-Blowing Atlas of 1.7 Billion Stars

A new image offers an “all-sky view” of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.
April 27, 2018