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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 7, 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 5, 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 4, 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 3, 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
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beach

The Secret Life of 'Sea Pork,' The Organ-Like Blobs on Your Beach

Contains no actual pork.
May 15, 2019
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buildings

The Chart That Measures Tall Trees Against Architectural Wonders

A 19th-century infographic that stacks a redwood against St. Peter's Basilica.
May 13, 2019
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real estate

For Sale: An Off-the-Grid Castle Sitting on an Actual Gold Mine

Way, way out in the Nevada desert, there's a perfect house for the posh recluse in your life.
May 10, 2019
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moon

How to Dress Like an 18th-Century Astronomer

Eventually, quilted, glittering pajamas gave way to parkas and moon boots.
May 9, 2019
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fungus

The End Is Near for One of Sweden's Oldest Trees

A giant oak is staring down the leafy green beyond.
May 7, 2019