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crime

How to Give Stolen Artifacts Back to Historic Sites

Penitent pilferers can—and should—return their finds.
October 22, 2020
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canada

How Japanese Canadians Survived Internment and Dispossession

A new exhibit traces the experiences of seven narrators before, during, and after World War II.
October 16, 2020
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minerals

The Spectacular Science of the Great Lakes' Glowing Rocks

Under UV light, some of them look downright magical.
October 13, 2020
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abstract wonder

Behold, the Great Salt Lake's Wonderfully Colorful Salt Pans, From Space

Everything looks cool from the International Space Station.
October 9, 2020
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tourism

The Art of Digging a Buried Building Out of Maine's Desert Dunes

The Spring House had been hidden for decades.
October 8, 2020
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pandemic

For Wildlife, Disposable PPE Is Far From Protective

It may take years—even decades—to understand the impact of disposable masks and gloves on the environment.
October 2, 2020
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letters

How a Team of Calligraphers Brought Jane Austen's Fictional Letters to Life

You can now hold Mr. Darcy's dispatches in your hands.
September 23, 2020
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pigeons

Fresh Concrete Turns Paw Prints and Bird Tracks Into Urban Fossils

Even a fleeting visit can leave an impression when conditions are right.
September 18, 2020
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fires

How Does an Archaeologist Keep Heritage Sites Safe From Wildfires?

It involves Twitter, maps, dozer lines, and luck.
September 16, 2020
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lichen

When Prehistoric Lacewings Disguised Themselves as Middle-Jurassic Lichens

Researchers recently found evidence of some very, very old camouflage.
September 10, 2020
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wildlife

To Protect a Recreated Native Village, California Firefighters Fought Fire With Fire

A slow, careful burn insulated Kule Loklo against a fearsome wildfire.
September 4, 2020
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cure-alls

A 1500s ‘Miracle Cure’ Made From Trees Probably Didn't Cure Syphilis

A new exhibit at the Newberry library touches on the history of guaiacum treatments.
September 2, 2020
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secret lives of museums

The Delicate Art of Identifying Bats By Their Penis Bones

They're roughly the size of a hyphen—which makes them extremely easy to lose.
August 27, 2020
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lightning

The Electrifying Science of Jellyfish Sprites, Explained

Here's why it sometimes looks like red tentacles are dangling in the sky.
August 25, 2020
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50 states of wonder

Tell Us About the Most Wondrous Things in Your State

As part of our "50 States of Wonder" project, we want to know what is surprising, astonishing, or wonderfully weird about where you live.
August 21, 2020
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radioactive

New York's Favorite Trash-Strewn Beach Is a Wee Bit Radioactive

The National Park Service has closed a portion of Dead Horse Bay.
August 20, 2020
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tardigrades

Get Lost in a Corn Maze That Looks Like a Microscopic 'Water Bear'

Here's what it takes to transform a field of corn into a truly enormous tardigrade.
August 12, 2020
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sold

Sold: A Famous Fossil-Hunter’s Letter That’s Totally Full of Crap

Mary Anning's correspondence helped kick off the study of coprolites.
August 6, 2020
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for sale

For Sale: Dozens and Dozens of Enormous Animatronic Dinosaurs

Nothing adds prehistoric flair to a decorating scheme quite like a moving T. rex.
August 5, 2020
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paleontology

The Cambrian Creatures That Grew Up Over the Course of 28 Bodies

Trilobites slipped out of one exoskeleton and built another, over and over and over again.
July 30, 2020
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reproduction

The Kingfishers That Shacked Up at the Start of the Pandemic Aren’t Sick of Each Other Yet

Before the birds moved in together, they had to learn to "howdy."
July 28, 2020
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sea otters

Sea Otter Teeth Are Gross but Really Useful for Scientists

You don’t want to look an old sea otter in the mouth—unless you want to tell how old it is.
July 27, 2020
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gas station

Fuel Your Imagination With Glorious Photos of Odd Gas Stations

This isn't a good time for cross-country car rides. Good thing John Margolies took a camera on his many road trips.
July 20, 2020
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50 states of wonder

Welcome to Atlas Obscura's 50 States of Wonder

Curiosity from coast to coast.
July 2, 2020