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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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pollution

'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
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textiles

In the 1890s, Female Medical Students Embroidered a Yearbook on a Pillow Sham

The newly minted doctors had deft handiwork.
July 26, 2019
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data

The Tree That Is Live-Tweeting Climate Change

With a little help from scientists, an oak in the Harvard Forest is sharing updates about its life.
July 25, 2019
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urban planning

For Sale: An Old Map of Small-Town Chicago

Recognize anything?
July 24, 2019
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glaciers

The Trek to Bid Farewell to an Icelandic Glacier

A plaque will soon mark the site of Okjökull, one of Iceland’s dearly departed.
July 23, 2019
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everyday wonder

How to Find a Meteorite

It's a long shot—but if you're keen to look, here's how to start.
July 18, 2019
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stonehenge

Does the Mystery of Stonehenge Involve Pig Fat?

New research says the megaliths may have been dragged to the site with the help of lard.
July 17, 2019
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relics of the 1920s

The Short Life and Strange Death of Maryland's Ghost Fleet

The long-languishing ships of Mallows Bay are getting a second life as a National Marine Sanctuary.
July 16, 2019
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models

Diving Into the Submerged History of Summer, Lake Tahoe–Style

3D models of sunken boats mean there's lots to explore—even for those who want to stay dry.
July 12, 2019