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historic

Michigan Is Trying to Make Its Historic Markers More Accurate and Less Racist

It can take a lot of time—and some heavy bureaucratic lifting—to tell an honest story about a state's past.
June 28, 2019
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mythology

How the Tower of London's Ravenmaster Sets the Scene for Avian Romance

It's not easy making the big city feel more like the country.
June 27, 2019
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scotland

These Seaweed-Munching Sheep in Scotland Need Someone to Fix Their Wall

The small island of North Ronaldsay is looking for someone to repair the dyke that keeps the flock close to the shore.
June 25, 2019
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butterflies

Monarch Butterflies Really Need Your Urban Plants

A new paper argues that cities can make a lot more space for milkweed, in particular.
June 24, 2019
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everyday wonder

How to Find the Best Stuff in the Night Sky From Absolutely Anywhere

A beginner's guide to admiring stars, planets, and satellites—no mountaintop or fancy gear required.
June 21, 2019
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glaciers

How Old Spy Satellites Helped Scientists Peek In on Shrinking Himalayan Glaciers

Declassified reconnaissance images to the rescue.
June 19, 2019
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neolithic

Prehistoric People Built Little Artificial Islands in Scottish Lochs

Researchers nudged the construction date of some these landmasses, known as crannogs, back to the Neolithic period.
June 17, 2019
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bees

Minnesota Wants to Pay You to Care About Bees

Won't you please spare a thought (and some lawn space) for the rusty patched bumblebee?
June 14, 2019
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wales

The Ancient, Sunken Forest That Rises From a Welsh Beach

When it does, researchers rush in to study the age-old stumps.
June 13, 2019
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ice

What's Up With Those Deep Gashes in Antarctic Ice?

Researchers just got a closer look.
June 13, 2019
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paintings

An Old Painting of Vermont's Ancient Rocks Was Hidden Behind a Wall for Decades

The 1930s depiction of Lone Rock Point has finally resurfaced.
June 10, 2019
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swarms

A Ladybug Swarm Over California Was Huge Enough to Show Up on Radar

Aphids beware.
June 07, 2019
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dogs

How Russia's Space Dogs Inspired a Galaxy of Swag

The cutest little cosmonauts launched a zillion tchotchkes.
June 05, 2019
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united kingdom

The Most Remote Places in Britain Are Still Pretty Close to Roads

It's a reminder that there are vanishingly few places on Earth that don’t carry the traces of humans.
June 04, 2019
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street art

Meet the Mastermind Behind the Plywood Cartoons Invading Portland, Oregon

Bigfoot sightings are about to increase dramatically.
June 03, 2019
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coral reefs

Why Scientists Snorkled Behind Bumphead Parrotfish in Pursuit of Their Poop

To learn whether these giant, goofy fish are good or bad for beleaguered coral reefs.
May 30, 2019
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rivers

Some Bald Cypress Trees in This North Carolina Swamp Are Older Than Cleopatra

New research suggests that Black River's gnarled conifers are even more ancient than we thought.
May 29, 2019
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dodos

Sold: A Nearly Complete Skeleton of a Dodo

The remains of the long-extinct, flightless bird from Mauritius are waddling off to a new home.
May 28, 2019
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everyday wonder

How to Decode the Shells You Find Washed Up on the Beach

A beginner's guide to identifying conchs, chitons, and more.
May 26, 2019
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journeys

Oh, The Places You'll Go, When You Love to Climb Volcanoes

A photographer who can't get enough of them set out to summit the tallest one on each continent.
May 24, 2019
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motels

The Neon Motel Signs of Las Vegas Aren't Dead Yet

A photographer captured their flickers of life.
May 22, 2019
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entomology

If You’re in England, Keep Your Eyes Peeled for This Iridescent Beetle

Where, oh where, is the noble chafer?
May 20, 2019
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antiques

For Sale: A Poisoner’s Lab Secreted in a Beautiful Book

Another reminder that covers can't be trusted.
May 17, 2019
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plastic

A Remote Australian Archipelago Is Home to Roughly 600 People and 414 Million Pieces of Trash

The Cocos (Keeling) Island chain is beautiful, but littered with plastic debris.
May 16, 2019