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highways

Tumbleweeds Usually Tumble, But Sometimes They Tornado

Matt McKnight caught a botanical maelstrom on camera in Eastern Washington.
May 4, 2020
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abstract wonder

This Image Was Crowned NASA's Most Spectacular Portrait of Earth

Gaze into the depths of the ocean—from space.
May 1, 2020
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everyday wonder

A Cloud Gazer's Guide to Every Fluffy Thing in the Sky

Clouds are "a wilderness within everybody's grasp."
April 30, 2020
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how to

It's the Perfect Time to Record Your Family's History. Here's How.

Invite your relatives to share great stories with these tips from oral historians.
April 29, 2020
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botany

Preserve Your Quarantine Nature Walks With a DIY Herbarium

Pressed plants can be your journal of the pandemic.
April 28, 2020
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coronavirus

How America's Botanic Gardens Are Growing Without Visitors

Watering and weeding can't wait until the pandemic has passed.
April 23, 2020
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obscura academy

Stay Home and Build Miniature Monuments, From Stonehenge to Giza

Who needs stones when you have marshmallows or foam?
April 21, 2020
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pandemic

How Museums Will Eventually Tell the Story of COVID-19

Masks, ventilators, and Zoom recordings may one day be the artifacts of our time.
April 17, 2020
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dancing

Hobbies to Hone While Hunkering Down, With Help From Public TV

Learn to draw, craft up a storm, or boogie like it's 1979.
April 16, 2020
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citizen science

A Field Guide to the Miniature Menagerie Inside Your Own Home

There's no social distance between you and your face mites.
April 14, 2020
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epidemics

Why Telephone Companies Once Discouraged People From Chatting

Today phones have grown critical for making personal connections. The first phone companies probably wouldn't have been thrilled.
April 9, 2020
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fiction

Escape Into These Fantastical, Imaginary Maps

When the real world feels unbearable, why not chart a course through lands that are literally unreal?
April 9, 2020
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archives

Even More Ways to Help Librarians and Archivists From Home

As long as we're all cooped-up, here are six digital projects that could use your curiosity.
April 7, 2020
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citizen science

This Is a Great Time to Busy Yourself With Bees

You can invite them over by planting some native plants on your deck or fire escape.
April 2, 2020
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satellite

Escape Into NASA's Most Incredible Images of Our Planet

And don't forget to cast your vote in "Tournament Earth."
April 1, 2020
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travel

Let Your Mind Wander With These Gloriously Detailed Maps

Satisfy your urge to roam and while away some time with these picks from cartographic collectors, curators, and scholars.
March 31, 2020
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silent film

3 Transportive Documentaries That Can Take You Away

Around the world and back in time from the comfort of your couch.
March 30, 2020
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cinema

Silent Films, Flower Festivals, and Cooking Classes to Enjoy at Home

Feast your eyes or sharpen your brain, from a distance.
March 27, 2020
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citizen science

How to Help Scientists Without Leaving Home

Gaze out the window or at your computer, in the name of data.
March 25, 2020
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archives

How to Help Librarians and Archivists From Your Living Room

If you're cooped-up and curious, use your free time to decipher handwriting, tag images, and more.
March 23, 2020
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aquariums

How to Stream the Animal Kingdom From Your Sofa

Your world might have shrunk—but you can still meet manatees, jellies, bears, and more.
March 20, 2020
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biology

Scientists Want You to Photograph This Curious, Enigmatic Giant

Keep an eye out for the giant sea bass's spots.
March 18, 2020
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art

Wondrous Museums You Can Visit From Your Couch Right Now

Your living room is the perfect place to see the world.
March 18, 2020
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garbage

The Archaeology of Those Weird Metal Things That Open Your Soda Can

Meet the man building the world's biggest—and probably only—reference collection of pull tabs.
March 17, 2020