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ecology

On an English Estate, Reintroduced Beavers Might Make a Damn Difference

These ecosystem engineers have a good track record in helping restore wetlands.
December 5, 2019
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smoking

A Kiln That Fired Millions of Clay Pipes Was Unearthed Under a Montreal Bridge

Archaeologists recently dug it up—but now they're putting an end to its brief affair with open air.
December 2, 2019
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weather

Israel’s Stalagmites Have Climate Stories to Tell

Formed by dripping water over thousands of years, the rocky formations point to ancient monsoons.
November 29, 2019
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mammoths

How Radar Detected Prehistoric Footprints Beneath White Sands National Monument

Researchers have found Pleistocene-era proof of a human, mammoth, and ground sloth trundling along.
November 27, 2019
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black markets

In Museums, Real Rhino Horns Are an Endangered Species

Natural history collections are topping their specimens with replicas.
November 22, 2019
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photography

The Strange Emptiness of Egypt in 19th-Century European Photographs

John Beasley Greene photographed early European archaeology in Egypt—but he paid little attention to those who lived there.
November 21, 2019
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disappearing world

More and More Lighthouses Are Moving Away From the Shore

A Danish structure is the latest to evade erosion by migrating inland.
November 19, 2019
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route 66

Along the Remains of Route 66, Road Trip Trash Has Become Treasure

Welcome to the "throw zone."
November 15, 2019
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construction

Picturing Manhattan's Shortest Buildings From the Ground Floor

A photographer set out to document single-story buildings—the anti-skyscrapers.
November 11, 2019
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storms

Some Ships Keep Sailing Even After They're Wrecked

A century-old iron scow is inching closer to the brink of Niagara Falls.
November 8, 2019
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megafauna

The Founding Fathers' Favorite Mastodon Is Coming Home for a Visit

Here's how you ship the skeleton of long-dead megafauna across the Atlantic.
November 6, 2019
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real estate

For Sale: A Quaint Building Straight Out of a Norman Rockwell Painting

A Victorian storefront made famous in a 1967 painting is on the market—winter wonderland not included.
November 4, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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funeral food

Eat Your Sorrow With These Victorian Funeral Biscuits

Ingredients often included molasses, caraway seeds, ginger, and grief.
October 30, 2019
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legendary afterlives

The Spirited Afterlife of Detroit’s Little Red Demon

The Nain Rouge has been stirring up trouble—and maybe generating some goodwill—for more than 300 years.
October 28, 2019
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freemasons

The Grandeur of Old Masonic Temples Also Makes Them Vulnerable to Fires

They're hard to reuse, and can be quick to burn.
October 22, 2019
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zoos

The 19th-Century French Frenzy for Species Swapping, in a Single Chart

Quaggas, ibises, and tapirs, oh my!
October 17, 2019
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dissection

A Dead, Decomposing Whale Once Toured the United Kingdom

The Tay Whale brought together science, spectacle, and hucksterism in the quest to turn a buck.
October 16, 2019
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dentistry

For Sale: Jane Austen’s Wince-Inducing Descriptions of 19th-Century Dentistry

In a letter to her sister, the novelist politely recounts a grisly scene.
October 16, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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bamboo

Picturing China's Bamboo Chopstick Industry From the Sky

Aerial views highlight a sliver of the huge business.
October 15, 2019
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cigars

For Sale: A Cigar Puffed by Winston Churchill in 1953

When the politician dropped it in a London theater, an usher swooped in to save it.
October 11, 2019
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secret lives of museums

How Scientists Are Recreating Dinosaur Breath

At the Field Museum, visitors can now get a whiff of the Cretaceous.
October 10, 2019
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prohibition

For Sale: A Pink Temple to Temperance With a Dubious History of Debauchery

The rosy-hued house in Louisville, Kentucky, could be yours.
October 9, 2019
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exploration

The 19th-Century Charts That Put the World's Waterfalls on One Impossible Landscape

Imagine the roar.
October 8, 2019
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pigs

Londoners Once Wondered If Feral Hogs Roamed Victorian-Era Sewers

Lots of legends seem to start underground.
October 3, 2019