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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
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construction

Bringing Life Back to a Massive Miniature of Hollywood's Heyday

This model city is ready for its close-up.
December 20, 2018
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meteorites

What the Heck Was That Squiggle in the Sky?

No, it's not a chemtrail. Or space junk. Or aliens.
December 20, 2018
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migrations

Tiny Dragonflies Travel Hundreds of Miles, to Mate and Then Die

One generation commutes one way, the next comes back.
December 19, 2018
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service

8 Tips for Seeing a Familiar Place in a Totally New Way

Get ready to fall in love all over again.
December 18, 2018
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charles dickens

Charles Dickens Couldn't Stop Tinkering With 'A Christmas Carol'

He revised and revised whenever he took his show on the road.
December 17, 2018
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for sale

For Sale: A Lonely Island, With Penguins for Neighbors

Pebble Island could be your windy getaway.
December 14, 2018
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botanical illustration

How to See the Poetry in Plants

A botanist made fantastical sketches of the rain forests' natural wonders.
December 14, 2018
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cards

For Sale: Relics From a Circus Musician’s Life on the Road

Outside the big top, this artist did a lot of sightseeing.
December 13, 2018
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how to

How Do You See a Familiar Place in a New Way?

Tell us about how you find wonder in spots you encounter all the time.
December 11, 2018
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sea monsters

For Sale: A 16th-Century Map of Iceland, Roamed by Fantastic Beasts

Meet the menagerie.
December 10, 2018
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construction

Found: A Slew of Cannonballs Below a Stockholm Street

They'd been there for centuries.
December 7, 2018
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canada

What’s Inside This Enormous Canadian Cave?

It's deep, wide, and named after a "Star Wars" character.
December 6, 2018
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mushrooms

The Most Amazing, Smelly, Deadly Fungi in North America

Handing out superlatives to some overlooked species.
December 5, 2018
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winter

'Hair Ice' Covered a South Carolina Park Like Beautiful, Gossamer Trash

A ranger initially mistook the clumps for wads of wet toilet paper.
December 3, 2018
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constellations

The Tiny Globe That Puts the World and Heavens in Your Palm

Elizabeth Cushee’s elegant 1745 orb was boundary-pushing at the time.
December 3, 2018
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egypt

Mummifying a Beetle Is a Lot Easier Than Mummifying a Cat

Not all animal mummies were created equal.
November 29, 2018
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codes

For Sale: A Tricky Cipher Machine From WWII

Attention, tinkerers: It's still solvable.
November 28, 2018
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bees

How Close-Up Glamour Shots Are Generating Buzz for Bees

The pictures were taken for science, but found a wider audience because they're gorgeous and a little trippy.
November 27, 2018
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fires

How Wildfire Smoke Drifts So Quickly

Scientists are able to predict its path.
November 21, 2018
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fatberg

Meet the Fatbergs

Digging into the science of three cities' sewer-clogging blobs.
November 20, 2018
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insects

Northeast Brazil Is Dotted With Millions of Enormous Termite Mounds

The soaring cones cover a landscape nearly the size of Great Britain.
November 19, 2018
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engineering

So Much Used to Depend on a Small Metal Cylinder in a Vault in France

The life and death of the physical prototype of the kilogram.
November 16, 2018
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behavior

What We Know About How Animals Reacted to the 2017 Eclipse

Last year's celestial main event generated a lot of data.
November 15, 2018