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forensics

Every Dead Whale Has a Tale to Tell

An introduction to cetacean forensics.
March 5, 2019
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europe

Look at Everything Beneath Europe’s Clouds

When the infamously cloudy continent got a February reprieve, satellites got a clear view.
March 4, 2019
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ecology

A Visual Guide to the Creatures That Could Disappear From Each U.S. State

If you're endangered, it helps to be famous and cute.
March 1, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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fatberg

Please Stop Stuffing Yorkshire Pudding Down the Drain

A bunch of them clogged a sewer in England, like little fatbergs made from flour and eggs.
February 27, 2019
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wind

What Is an 'Ice Shove'?

“This is an impressive display of the power of wind and water!”
February 26, 2019
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bathrooms

The Medieval Toilet Seat That Let You Poop With Friends

This latrine had room for three.
February 21, 2019
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beach

Found: A 50-Year-Old Scientific Message, Stuffed in a Bottle

Thousands were cast into the waves in the 1960s, and one turned up in Texas decades later.
February 18, 2019
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contentious demolitions

Archaeologists Dismantled a Maya Pyramid in Guatemala and Never Put It Back Together

They tore it down in the 1960s to solve the puzzle below.
February 14, 2019
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contentious demolitions

During the Taiping Rebellion, a Stunning 15th-Century Pagoda Met Its Demise

Centuries after the Porcelain Tower was torn down, it was built up again—and this time, made of steel.
February 13, 2019
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contentious demolitions

The German Church Smashed to Smithereens to Make Room for Coal

The town sat atop a trove of rock that was irresistible to fuel companies.
February 12, 2019
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contentious demolitions

Mourners Once Held a Sidewalk Funeral for a Restaurant Named for a Hat

On Valentine’s Day 1994, protestors in Hollywood turned out to eulogize the Brown Derby.
February 11, 2019
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king tut

Our Breath and Sweat Almost Ruined King Tut’s Tomb

But a new circulation system is making things better.
February 8, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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cards

The Handy Playing Cards That Taught 17th-Century Cooks to Carve Meat Like a Pro

The decks suggested proper technique, and were a path to class mobility.
February 6, 2019
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yosemite

For Sale: Old Photos of Huge Trees

These giants fascinated both conservationists and loggers.
February 4, 2019
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moon trees

Whatever Happened to All the Moon Trees?

Sprouted from seeds that traveled to space in 1971, many haven't fared so well back on Earth.
February 1, 2019
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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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ancient technology

The Crafty Historian Bringing Ancient Socks to Life

They look great with sandals.
January 17, 2019