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gas station

Fuel Your Imagination With Glorious Photos of Odd Gas Stations

This isn't a good time for cross-country car rides. Good thing John Margolies took a camera on his many road trips.
July 20, 2020
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50 states of wonder

Welcome to Atlas Obscura's 50 States of Wonder

Curiosity from coast to coast.
July 2, 2020
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citizen science

L.A.'s Insects Are Hairy, Iridescent, and Crazy Photogenic

The creatures are ready for their close-ups—in the name of getting a better handle on biodiversity in the bustling city.
June 30, 2020
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plastic

The West Is Being Won by Tiny Bits of Plastic

Natural landscapes are seeing huge amounts of microplastics tumbling from the sky.
June 26, 2020
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why is this like this?

The South Carolina Forest That Looks Like Melted Ice Cream

When conditions are right, the waters of Congaree National Park can look like bright scoops pooling on a sidewalk.
June 25, 2020
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garbage

How a Tiny Island's Trash Heap Is Revealing Its History

An old dump beneath the airport on Michigan's Mackinac Island was brimming with stories from summers past.
June 24, 2020
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travel

How an Agoraphobic Traveler Wanders the Earth

When anxiety set boundaries on her life, this adventurer found solace and excitement in Google Street View.
June 19, 2020
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construction

Have Archaeologists Found London's Lost Theater?

The Red Lion is considered to be the oldest Elizabethan playhouse—and it may have recently seen the light of day.
June 16, 2020
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sold

Sold: Isaac Newton’s Notes About the Bubonic Plague

His scribbles—which mention the curative power of toad vomit—sold for $81,000.
June 15, 2020
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secret lives of museums

How D.C.’s Museums Plan to Preserve the New Era of Protest

The effort to document Black Lives Matter and more—in real time.
June 11, 2020
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drones

Scientists Tracked Truly Enormous Tuna From Way Up in the Air

Drones helped researchers keep up with fish that are longer than a person and as fast as a car.
June 10, 2020
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automata

This Gigantic Laughing Kookaburra Is Out to Brighten Your Day

A sculptor hitched the cackling bird to a trailer and is taking it on the road.
June 8, 2020
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race

How an Infamous Confederate Obelisk Finally Came Down

The monument in Birmingham, Alabama, became a flashpoint in the fight for racial justice.
June 5, 2020
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construction

How to Make a Wild, Wondrous, and Complicated Contraption With All the Stuff in Your House

The social-distancing era is the perfect time to build a Rube Goldberg machine.
June 3, 2020
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satellite

Find a Moment of Calm in These Cumulonimbus Clouds

A time-lapse shows that, before they unleash storms, the clouds look pretty soothing. (At least from space.)
June 1, 2020
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solar system

Why a 16th-Century Artist Imagined Comets as Glorious, Fiery Swords

Explore a captivating compendium of cosmic illustrations.
May 29, 2020
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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