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How a Desert Mountain Telescope Revealed Jupiter's Odd New Moon
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planets

How a Desert Mountain Telescope Revealed Jupiter's Odd New Moon

Meet Valetudo, a moon that doesn't just go with the flow.
July 17, 2018
The Dazzlingly Colorful Atlases That Brought the Night Sky Within Reach
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constellations

The Dazzlingly Colorful Atlases That Brought the Night Sky Within Reach

Detailed maps of the heavens weren't just for scholars.
July 16, 2018
Revelations From a Wine Barrel Filled With Renaissance Poo
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diets

Revelations From a Wine Barrel Filled With Renaissance Poo

Centuries-old latrines in Denmark drop big hints about diets, trade, and health.
July 11, 2018
Narwhals Are Real, And They Could Be in Real Trouble
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Narwhals Are Real, And They Could Be in Real Trouble

As Arctic waters warm, shipping traffic is rapidly increasing in their favored habitats.
July 10, 2018
Listen to the Mournful Wails of Planets and Moons
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moon

Listen to the Mournful Wails of Planets and Moons

A saturnine soundtrack.
July 10, 2018
The Lost Constellation Meant to Honor a King’s Escape
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constellations

The Lost Constellation Meant to Honor a King’s Escape

The oak tree that sheltered Charles II once had a place in the night sky.
July 09, 2018
A Museum's Treasured Tradition of Identifying Fossils for the Public
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paleontology

A Museum's Treasured Tradition of Identifying Fossils for the Public

Including the occasional turd.
July 06, 2018
How Comparisons Help Us Understand the Universe
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earth

How Comparisons Help Us Understand the Universe

And ourselves.
July 03, 2018
Why Medieval Monasteries Branded Their Books
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monastery

Why Medieval Monasteries Branded Their Books

The fiery marks were a way to keep track of tomes on the move.
June 22, 2018
The Surprising Practice of Binding Old Books With Scraps of Even Older Books
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trash

The Surprising Practice of Binding Old Books With Scraps of Even Older Books

For centuries, bookbinders commonly used whatever materials they could get—including entire manuscript pages.
June 11, 2018
Why Is It So Hard to Paint Lightning?
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lightning

Why Is It So Hard to Paint Lightning?

Capturing lightning on a canvas is just as difficult as it sounds.
June 08, 2018
When Two Economists Scientifically Ranked New York's Best Deli Sandwiches
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debate

When Two Economists Scientifically Ranked New York's Best Deli Sandwiches

The Madansky-Shubik experiment settled one beef and started many more.
June 07, 2018
A Gorilla Poop Treasure Hunt Through Central Africa's Virunga Volcanoes
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ecology

A Gorilla Poop Treasure Hunt Through Central Africa's Virunga Volcanoes

How researchers collect genetic info without disturbing the majestic primates.
June 06, 2018
Revisiting the Heyday of California's 'Crazy' Novelty Architecture
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construction

Revisiting the Heyday of California's 'Crazy' Novelty Architecture

Giant hats, portly pigs, and drive-thru donuts.
June 04, 2018
Where Are Europe's Last Fairytale Forests?
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ecology

Where Are Europe's Last Fairytale Forests?

Mapping the oldest and least-disturbed tracts of trees is easier said than done.
June 01, 2018
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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future

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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biology

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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biodiversity

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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jazz

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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biology

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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invertebrates

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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solar system

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