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destination southern africa

The Transformation of Namibia's Etosha Pan, From Parched to Soaked

Satellite images track the shift from dry to wet at a vast, prehistoric lake bed in southern Africa.
January 22, 2020
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microscopes

If You Look Very, Very Close, Antarctica Is Teeming With Life

Meet the icy continent's menagerie of microbes.
January 17, 2020
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wildlife

Air-Dropped Carrots Might Be a Temporary Answer to a Threatened Wallaby's Prayers

After devastating Australian bushfires, root vegetables could help the brush-tailed rock-wallaby hang on.
January 16, 2020
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smells

Some Space Rocks Are Notorious for Being Stinky

What they actually smell like seems to be in the nose of the beholder.
January 16, 2020
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ash

Ash From the Taal Eruption Will Stick Around ‘Pretty Much Forever’

Some ash particles will blow or wash away, but others will get sealed into the sedimentary record.
January 15, 2020
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planetariums

When Trippy Black-Light Murals Brought the Cosmos Down to Earth

The paintings once dazzled and enlightened mid-century planetarium-goers.
January 10, 2020
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bathrooms

The Best 18th-Century Toilets Were Designed to Look Like Books

This shit is lit.
January 9, 2020
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scuplture

A New Monument Will Celebrate Nellie Bly's Undercover Reporting, Right Where It Happened

The Roosevelt Island artwork will pay homage to her reporting, especially her inside look at a city asylum.
January 8, 2020
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queer history

The Queer History of a 1937 Guide to London's Public Loos

The slim volume on city toilets directed in-the-know readers to discreet hookup spots.
January 7, 2020
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highways

A Blizzard of Tumbleweeds Caused a 10-Hour Traffic Jam in Washington State

Cars slowed to a halt on State Route 240, but the plants just kept bounding along.
January 3, 2020
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arctic

The Canadian Arctic Probably Once Looked Like Present-Day Florida

Fossil plants millions of years old are helping scientists imagine an ancient Arctic forest.
January 2, 2020
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everyday objects

How to Scavenge for Bits of History Like London's Mudlarks

A guide to scouting for humble treasures on the shore of the Thames.
January 2, 2020
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ecology

The Art and Science of Falling in Love With Joshua Trees

"HeyJTree" is built like a dating site, but it matches readers with the charismatic, threatened plants.
December 26, 2019
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laboratories

Watch This Yule Log Burn in the Name of Science

Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service's Fire Sciences Laboratory.
December 20, 2019
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fossils

Fossilized Roots Are Revealing the Nature of 385-Million-Year-Old Forests

Welcome to the ancient woods of Cairo, New York.
December 19, 2019
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christmas

Don't Blame Cities' Giant Christmas Trees for Being Droopy and Bald

If they're Norway spruce, that's just their nature.
December 17, 2019
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weather

World-Famous Waterfalls May Slow to a Trickle, But Tourism Doesn't Have To

When climate change comes for attractions like Victoria Falls, visitors can find new ways to appreciate them.
December 13, 2019
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neuroscience

Antarctica Is Stark, Beautiful, and Will Shrink Your Brain

The impact of 14 months at the edge of the world.
December 13, 2019
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corn

Endless Fields of Unharvested Corn, As Seen From Space

North Dakota's corn fields will spend the winter under a snowy blanket.
December 11, 2019
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hair

Found: Bottles of Hair Dye From a Civil War Photography Studio

When soldiers posed for portraits, they wanted to look their best.
December 10, 2019
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pollution

How Frothy Waves of Sea Foam Coated the Coast of Chennai

Don't play in the bubbles.
December 5, 2019
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ecology

On an English Estate, Reintroduced Beavers Might Make a Damn Difference

These ecosystem engineers have a good track record in helping restore wetlands.
December 5, 2019
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smoking

A Kiln That Fired Millions of Clay Pipes Was Unearthed Under a Montreal Bridge

Archaeologists recently dug it up—but now they're putting an end to its brief affair with open air.
December 2, 2019
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weather

Israel’s Stalagmites Have Climate Stories to Tell

Formed by dripping water over thousands of years, the rocky formations point to ancient monsoons.
November 29, 2019