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totem poles

The Many, Many Layers of a Totem Pole Restoration Project

The American Museum of Natural History is conserving—and reconsidering—these monumental carvings.
January 30, 2019
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weather

How Will Chicago's Birds Weather the Polar Vortex?

Here's how the region's avian residents will survive the cold snap.
January 30, 2019
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winter

When Snakes and Scientists Battled to Predict the Coldest Chicago Winter on Record

In the early 20th century, meteorologists squared off with "weather sharps."
January 28, 2019
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microbes

Your Water Heater Is an Extreme Environment

Microbes that thrive under the harshest conditions are making themselves right at home—in our homes.
January 25, 2019
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construction

Revisiting Detroit's Black Bottom Neighborhood, Decades After Demolition

A new installation at the Detroit Public Library conjures a lost community.
January 24, 2019
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scotland

It Turns Out That This 'Millennia-Old' Stone Circle Is Actually Only as Old as Millennials

It's a recent riff on an ancient Scottish tradition.
January 23, 2019
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snow

A Century Ago, 3 People Met Their Deaths Gawking at the Frozen Niagara Falls

Stay off the ice bridge.
January 22, 2019
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textiles

A Map of the World’s Mammals for People Who Liked to Wear Them

This 1917 chart was focused on fur for fashion.
January 21, 2019
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shoes

The Crafty Historian Bringing Ancient Socks to Life

They look great with sandals.
January 17, 2019
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chemistry

Found: A Very Old Periodic Table, Rolled Up in Storage

The science-y magic of tidying up.
January 17, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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curry

For Sale: A Rather Unappetizing Coin Celebrating Berlin's Iconic Currywurst

The sausages are worth saluting, but look better in person.
January 16, 2019
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map monday

It’s Not Easy to Map the 100 Largest Islands in the World

Things quickly get contentious.
January 14, 2019
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whales

Whales Remix Each Other's Songs, Nearly 3,000 Miles Apart

Humpback whales separated by a continent can sound pretty similar.
January 11, 2019
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military

Exploring a World War II Gun Battery That's Hiding in Plain Sight

It's just a short ferry ride from Portland, Maine, and it's really easy to miss.
January 10, 2019
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illuminated manuscripts

How a Blue Tooth Led Scholars to a Medieval Manuscript Mystery

And illuminated the hidden contributions of a female artist.
January 09, 2019
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fatberg

7 Big Things That Are Smaller Than This Fatberg

A water company in Devon, England, found the enormous blob clogging the sewer.
January 09, 2019
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anatomy

Turning Anatomical Drawings Into Mosaics, Stone by Stone

An artist is making massive monuments to medical illustration.
January 08, 2019
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streetcars

Mapping Old Rail Routes Like Contemporary Subways

They're dreamy.
January 07, 2019
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anthropocene

Humanity Has Managed to Change Places We've Barely Even Visited

From the Mariana Trench to the Moon, we don't have to be in a place very much to muck it up.
January 04, 2019
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asteroids

What Does This Alien Minor Planet Look Like?

A peanut? Or maybe a bowling pin?
January 03, 2019
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brazil

Step Inside Brazil’s Museu Nacional, Before the Devastating Blaze

A new digital tour helps visitors jump back in time.
January 02, 2019
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fatberg

The Year in Grossness

2018 was chock-full of nauseating delights.
December 28, 2018
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celebration

Ringing in the New Year With a Confetti Collector

3, 2, 1, little bits of paper!
December 27, 2018
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construction

A Convenient New Commute for Washington's Coyotes

Above a busy highway, a safe new wildlife crossing in an area that will soon see many more.
December 21, 2018