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drones

Drone-Piloting Scientists 'Weighed' Whales From 130 Feet in the Air

In Argentina, aerial imagery helps researchers get a close look at southern right whales from a distance.
October 2, 2019
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19th century

For Sale: A 19th-Century Silk Map of North America, Tiny Enough to Fit on a Pincushion

The cartographic curio was probably an educational tool.
September 27, 2019
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carnivorous plants

The Triumphant Return of England's Insect-Eating, Bog-Loving, Rad-Looking Great Sundew Plant

A conservation group is hoping that as peat bogs spring back, so will carnivorous plants.
September 17, 2019
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lobster

Found: A Fantastically Two-Toned Lobster Off the Coast of Maine

A little speckled, a little orange, a little mysterious.
September 16, 2019
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obscura academy

Why Kids Find the Darndest Prehistoric Things

It helps to be curious, low to the ground, and not afraid to look a little silly.
September 16, 2019
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garbage

Sometimes Trash Is Treasured in America's National Parks

Bottles, cans, and more can reveal a long history of industry, recreation, and shenanigans.
September 13, 2019
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scientists at work

What It's Like to Live on the Sea Floor to Simulate Life in Space

Researchers squeeze into an underwater habitat off Florida to help prepare for missions to the Moon and beyond.
September 9, 2019
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biology

California's Meddlesome Tumbleweeds Could Grow Even More Menacing

Sorry, everyone: Researchers found that a hybrid species is even more “vigorous” than its parents.
September 6, 2019
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scientists at work

How Scientists Safeguard Almost a Million Vials of Frozen Animal Semen

It involves tiny straws and a whole lot of liquid nitrogen.
September 6, 2019
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plastic

More Than Half a Century of Microplastics Are Buried in Layers of Sediment, Like Synthetic Fossils

The teeny menaces turned up in a core taken from the floor of the Santa Barbara Basin.
September 4, 2019
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beach

On the Midway With the Carnival Game Investigators Out to Protect Your Summer Fun

Step right up!
August 29, 2019
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rainforest

Scientists of the Future Will Unearth Traces of the Scorched Amazon Rainforest

Long after the forest stops burning, the effects of this year's fires will linger in the soil and water.
August 28, 2019
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glass flowers

Feast Your Eyes on These Delicate Glass Models of Decaying Fruit

Blighted, century-old produce goes back on display for the first time in decades.
August 27, 2019
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ice caves

Swaddling Glaciers in Blankets Isn’t the Oddest Idea for Extending Their Lives

As glaciers and ice sheets keep dwindling, scientists are proposing everything they can think of.
August 23, 2019
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chill week

Way Before Roller Coasters, Russians Zipped Down Enormous Ice Slides

These artificial mountains were fast, thrilling, and probably very dangerous.
August 21, 2019
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chill like a ...

The Swole Women of Sparta Wrestled, Danced, and Drank

This summer, chill like an ancient lady and sweat, recite poetry, and swig wine.
August 20, 2019
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mexico

How a 16th-Century Spanish Questionnaire Inspired Indigenous Mapmakers of Mexico

Bureaucratic paperwork led to pretty maps that highlight power structures and visual identity.
August 15, 2019
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construction

'Snowglow' Sounds Charming, But It's a Menace to Night Skies

Fresh powder can worsen light pollution, according to new research from Germany.
August 13, 2019
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cabins

How to Restore a Hermit Hut in the Idaho Wilderness

A team of forest archaeologists and preservationists trekked into the wilderness to rebuild a century-old cabin.
August 12, 2019
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moon

The Moon Went on Tour Through England

It dangled over church pews and disco dancers in Dorset.
August 7, 2019
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museum

The 'Moby-Dick' Musical Is Swimming With Sea Shanties and Nurdle Ballads

We watched it with a whale anatomist to see if the cetacean science holds water.
August 2, 2019
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railroads

Wuppertal's Beloved Floating Monorail Is Moving Again

All aboard!
August 2, 2019
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fatberg

Fed Up With Fatbergs, an Australian Water Company Recorded a Jazzy Jingle About the Sewer

Only flush the “three Ps,” please.
August 1, 2019
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for sale

Stare Into the Belly of the Earth With 17th-Century Polymath Athanasius Kircher

How a visit to Vesuvius shaped his prescient vision of a hot core.
July 30, 2019