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volcanoes

What We Can Learn From Mapping a Massive Underwater Volcano

Researchers sent an autonomous underwater vehicle and a robot to study Havre, which erupted in 2012.
January 11, 2018
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railroads

Mapping the Ghostly Traces of Abandoned Railroads

An interactive, crowdsourced atlas plots vanished transit routes.
January 09, 2018
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journeys

Found: The Owner of the Camera That Recorded Its Own Disappearance

A reunion after hundreds of miles and months at sea.
January 08, 2018
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mathematics

Found: A Special, Mind-Bogglingly Large Prime Number

It's more than 23 million digits long, if you're counting.
January 05, 2018
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reptiles

Found: A New Species of Lizard in a Dinosaur's Stomach

A prehistoric snack is now thought to be a previously unknown species.
January 03, 2018
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shoes

Walking the Walk With a Professional Shoe Conservator

The past, present, and future of footwear, from an expert charged with keeping soles intact.
January 02, 2018
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genetics

The Curious Case of the Shrinking Moose Skulls

Researchers studied 40 years of craniums on an island in Lake Superior.
December 29, 2017
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greenhouses

The Toronto Greenhouse Where the Victorian Era Bursts Back to Life

Sheltered against the freezing winter, this plant show transports visitors back in time, and to a balmier climate.
December 28, 2017
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concrete

To Make Fracture-Resistant Concrete, Let a Sea Urchin Be Your Guide

Strong and flexible building materials, inspired by ocean life.
December 22, 2017
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egypt

The Alchemy and Artistry of Ancient Egypt's Funerary Portraits

High-tech imaging tools are taking researchers under the paint, layer by layer.
December 21, 2017
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mammoths

What Do You Do When You Find a Mammoth on Your Farm?

A behind-the-scenes look at harvest time, soil drainage, and Pleistocene megafauna.
December 20, 2017
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microbes

The Mighty Antarctic Microbes That Survive on Air Alone

It turns out the “minimal nutritional requirements for life” are quite minimal indeed.
December 19, 2017
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the year in wonder

2017 Brought Disasters, and Brought Out the Best in People

When wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and other crises delivered one wallop after another, bravery, kindness, and creativity fought back.
December 18, 2017
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archive

A Glimpse of American History Through the Process of Becoming a Citizen

Personal stories of naturalization from the collection of the New-York Historical Society.
December 18, 2017
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artificial intelligence

The Robots Are Here to Write Poetry

But how are we going to teach them to do it well if no one can agree on what makes good verse?
December 12, 2017
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cards

The Most Festive Treasures of the New York Public Library's Maps Division

We wish you a mappy Christmas.
December 11, 2017
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bears

How Did the Grizzly Bear Cross the Road?

And how can we help them do it safely?
December 08, 2017
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genetics

The Teen Detectives Using DNA to Stalk Invasive Fish

Aquatic forensics might help target eradication efforts before things get out of control.
December 07, 2017
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environment

The Bumpy Business of Hauling Historical Sites to Safety

When trying to outrun erosion and sea-level rise is the best option.
December 05, 2017
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frank lloyd wright

See Scale Models of the Greatest Skyscrapers Never Built

A new exhibition is full of diminutive versions of big buildings and even bigger ideas.
December 04, 2017
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drones

To Outsmart a Rogue Drone, Think Like a Falcon

Researchers have strapped cameras onto raptors to see how they target their prey.
December 04, 2017
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yeti

DNA Says 'Yeti' Evidence Comes From Bears, But Will Believers Be Convinced?

One expert sees the value in maintaining a little mystery.
November 30, 2017