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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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events

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
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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