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Glass Dresses, The Fairytale Fashion Trend That Never Quite Took Off
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Glass Dresses, The Fairytale Fashion Trend That Never Quite Took Off

The World's Fair showstopper highlighted the appetite for mingling science and apparel.
May 25, 2018
The Artist Who Imagined Zaire as a Miniature Utopia
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The Artist Who Imagined Zaire as a Miniature Utopia

In his multimedia sculptures, Bodys Isek Kingelez offered a fantastical vision for the freshly independent country.
May 24, 2018
The Incredibly Tricky Task of Measuring All Life on Earth
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The Incredibly Tricky Task of Measuring All Life on Earth

Humans make up just 0.01 percent of the biomass on the planet—the same as termites.
May 22, 2018
Cold, Damp 'Sky Islands' Are Hotspots for Unusual Plants and Animals
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Cold, Damp 'Sky Islands' Are Hotspots for Unusual Plants and Animals

Exploring an ecological oasis high up on the Philippines' Palawan Island.
May 21, 2018
The Intrepid Rat-Sniffing Terriers of South Georgia Island
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The Intrepid Rat-Sniffing Terriers of South Georgia Island

It took 200 years to rid the island of rats, and three dogs to make sure they were gone.
May 17, 2018
The Milky Way Sounds Like a Wacky Jazz Ensemble
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The Milky Way Sounds Like a Wacky Jazz Ensemble

An astronomer translated the sounds of galactic gases into a piece of music.
May 16, 2018
Is a Chimpanzee's Bed Cleaner Than Yours?
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Is a Chimpanzee's Bed Cleaner Than Yours?

Maybe it's best not to think too much about what's in your bed now.
May 16, 2018
The Secrets Hiding in the Simplest Animal Brains
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The Secrets Hiding in the Simplest Animal Brains

One researcher thinks mollusks called chitons are more complex than they seem.
May 16, 2018
How to Appreciate Saturn as Abstract Art
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How to Appreciate Saturn as Abstract Art

In an image captured by Cassini, the gas giant's rings look like razor-thin blades.
May 14, 2018
How Post-Revolutionary France Grew Obsessed With Gardens and Gadgets
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How Post-Revolutionary France Grew Obsessed With Gardens and Gadgets

As park and garden space expanded, middle-class fleuristes needed shears, watering cans, and umbrellas topped with pruning shears.
May 10, 2018
The Moldy Medallions That Preserve Penicillin's Past
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The Moldy Medallions That Preserve Penicillin's Past

Alexander Fleming, the researcher who discovered it, started culturing commemorative keepsakes.
May 10, 2018
How to See Jupiter in All Its Glory
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How to See Jupiter in All Its Glory

Throughout May, the gas giant will be close to Earth and visible all night long.
May 08, 2018
A Massive Sinkhole in New Zealand Exposed Traces of an Ancient Volcano
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A Massive Sinkhole in New Zealand Exposed Traces of an Ancient Volcano

The canyon's walls tell the story of long-ego eruptions.
May 07, 2018
How to Reconstruct an Ancient Meal From Dirty Dishes Alone
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How to Reconstruct an Ancient Meal From Dirty Dishes Alone

Archaeologists and chefs used chemical analysis—and their taste buds—to solve a culinary puzzle from China.
May 04, 2018
This Old Coast Guard Tower Could Be the Ocean Hideout of Your Dreams
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This Old Coast Guard Tower Could Be the Ocean Hideout of Your Dreams

North Carolina's Frying Pan Tower is for sale.
May 04, 2018
How the Manhattan Project's Nuclear Suburb Stayed Secret
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How the Manhattan Project's Nuclear Suburb Stayed Secret

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, once home to 75,000, went up fast and under the radar. But it was built to last, too.
May 03, 2018
The Geekiest Cuff Links of 1900 Featured Little Images of Plague Bacteria
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The Geekiest Cuff Links of 1900 Featured Little Images of Plague Bacteria

No one knows who made them or why.
May 02, 2018
What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes
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What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes

Some scientists are studying YouTube comments and trying to go viral.
May 01, 2018
Get Lost in This Mind-Blowing Atlas of 1.7 Billion Stars
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Get Lost in This Mind-Blowing Atlas of 1.7 Billion Stars

A new image offers an “all-sky view” of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.
April 27, 2018
Why Can’t We Figure Out How the Vikings Crossed the Atlantic?
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Why Can’t We Figure Out How the Vikings Crossed the Atlantic?

Crystals might have helped them navigate—or maybe not.
April 27, 2018
Who Keeps Track of All the Craters on the Moon?
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Who Keeps Track of All the Craters on the Moon?

For generations, women have been critical to bringing order to the chaos of the solar system.
April 25, 2018
What an Enormous Fatberg Can Tell Us About How Londoners Live
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What an Enormous Fatberg Can Tell Us About How Londoners Live

An "autopsy" on the congealed behemoth illuminates what people flush down the drain.
April 25, 2018
What Is a Snow Tunnel?
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What Is a Snow Tunnel?

Up in the Scottish Highlands, you can stand inside two seasons at once.
April 23, 2018
Behold the Stormy Beauty of Stars Forming
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Behold the Stormy Beauty of Stars Forming

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope capture majestic billows of gas and dust.
April 20, 2018