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constellations

The Dazzlingly Colorful Atlases That Brought the Night Sky Within Reach

Detailed maps of the heavens weren't just for scholars.
July 16, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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diets

Revelations From a Wine Barrel Filled With Renaissance Poo

Centuries-old latrines in Denmark drop big hints about diets, trade, and health.
July 11, 2018
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whales

Narwhals Are Real, And They Could Be in Real Trouble

As Arctic waters warm, shipping traffic is rapidly increasing in their favored habitats.
July 10, 2018
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moon

Listen to the Mournful Wails of Planets and Moons

A saturnine soundtrack.
July 10, 2018
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constellations

The Lost Constellation Meant to Honor a King’s Escape

The oak tree that sheltered Charles II once had a place in the night sky.
July 9, 2018
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paleontology

A Museum's Treasured Tradition of Identifying Fossils for the Public

Including the occasional turd.
July 6, 2018
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earth

How Comparisons Help Us Understand the Universe

And ourselves.
July 3, 2018
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fire

Why Medieval Monasteries Branded Their Books

The fiery marks were a way to keep track of tomes on the move.
June 22, 2018
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garbage

The Surprising Practice of Binding Old Books With Scraps of Even Older Books

For centuries, bookbinders commonly used whatever materials they could get—including entire manuscript pages.
June 11, 2018
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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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glass

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