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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
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freemasons

The Monumental Undertaking of Moving Into an Old Masonic Temple

The 20,000-square-foot house requires endless renovations, but the ceiling is high enough to fly a drone inside.
January 28, 2020
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storms

Australia Needs Slow and Steady Rain—Not Golf Ball-Sized Hail

The fire-scorched landscape needs water. But not the kind that recently fell on Canberra.
January 24, 2020
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fatberg

How a Massive Fatberg Went From Sewer to Science Museum

The underground menace is now a reminder that people should be kinder to their pipes.
January 24, 2020
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destination southern africa

The Transformation of Namibia's Etosha Pan, From Parched to Soaked

Satellite images track the shift from dry to wet at a vast, prehistoric lake bed in southern Africa.
January 22, 2020
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microscopes

If You Look Very, Very Close, Antarctica Is Teeming With Life

Meet the icy continent's menagerie of microbes.
January 17, 2020