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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
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zoos

San Francisco’s Newest Bison Are Making Themselves at Home

Five new urban ungulates are settling in.
March 12, 2020
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cryptids

Meet the Cryptids Haunting Ohio's Imagination

A new exhibition pays homage to some of the Buckeye State's beloved—and infamous—legends.
March 11, 2020
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abstract wonder

What’s the Most Striking Image of Earth?

NASA's Earth Observatory wants your help finding hidden gems in its vast archives.
March 10, 2020
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construction

The Duo Who Documented the Birth of NYC's Subway

For brothers Pierre and Granville Pullis, photographing the sprawling system was intrepid, precise work—not unlike the construction itself.
March 6, 2020
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travel

An Illustrated Guide to Mean Things People Say About National Parks

Do you really want to spend your vacation at the "very, very large hole" that is the Grand Canyon?
March 6, 2020
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scientists at work

To Study Pesky Aphids, Scientists Suck Them From the Sky

Every summer and fall, giant vacuums gobble up insects for 13 hours a day.
March 5, 2020
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why is this like this?

The 'Icing' on These Lakeside Homes Is Actual Ice

Wind and waves sprayed freezing water from Lake Erie onto the houses of Hoover Beach.
March 3, 2020
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why is this like this?

Antarctica's Pretty Pink Snow Is Brought to You By Algae and Penguin Poop

“One animal’s waste is another animal’s banquet.”
February 28, 2020
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disappearing world

The Bittersweet Thrill of Iceboating in a Warming World

For hundreds of years, sailors have zipped across frozen lakes and rivers—but now chances are fewer and farther between.
February 27, 2020
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winter

Lake Michigan's 'Ice Volcanoes' Are Extremely Cool, Definitely Not Volcanoes

“It sounds like if you got a big Slurpee, and then dumped it on the ground.”
February 25, 2020
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automotive history

For Sale: A Sprawling Carriage Factory and the House on Its Roof

A Syracuse rooftop still holds some pretty puzzling real estate.
February 19, 2020
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manuscripts

How a Trashed Italian Manuscript Got Sewn Into a Sweet Silk Purse

Book waste can be beautiful.
February 14, 2020
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poop

Pablo Escobar’s Hippo Herd Is Treating Colombia's Lakes Like One Big Toilet

They're thriving, pooping, and fouling up the water around the drug lord's former estate.
February 12, 2020
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seed banks

The Unexpected Elegance of Apocalyptic Seed Vaults, In Photos

The images, by artist and professor Dornith Doherty, are ethereal and oddly comforting.
February 11, 2020
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minerals

This Mexican Mineral Looks Like a Shimmering Serpent

Gypsum is common, but this specimen is remarkable.
February 7, 2020
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secret lives of museums

Centuries of Crap and Some Historical Treasures in an Old London Cesspit

An art museum found a very old toilet—right under where its new bathroom was being built.
February 6, 2020
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biology

The 21st Century Might Not Be So Magical for Fireflies

Experts are flashing a warning for the future.
February 4, 2020
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invertebrates

An Ancient Australian Volcano Is a Haven for Giant Pink Slugs

Just because they're huge and garish doesn't mean they're easy to find.
January 31, 2020
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water

At 'Soda Springs' in the Philippines, the Seafloor Bubbles Like Champagne

The bubbles are mostly carbon dioxide, and gurgle up from the ground in streamers or curtains.
January 30, 2020