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for sale

For Sale: A Civil War-Era Checkerboard Featuring Union Generals

A themed version of the board game, to help stave off wartime boredom.
April 11, 2019
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surveyors

Nepal's Mounting an Expedition to Discover if Everest Has Shrunk

The long history of measuring the world’s highest point.
April 9, 2019
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africa

Found: The Last Survivor of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Research has placed a new name in a special place on the list of 'Clotilda' survivors.
April 4, 2019
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persia

Centuries of Persian Manuscripts, Now at Your Fingertips

A deep, cosmopolitan archive appears online for the first time.
April 2, 2019
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prehistoric

Found: The Largest River Delta the Earth Has Ever Seen

Everything is bigger in Pangaea.
March 28, 2019
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empire

When Garbage Collection Stops, Your City Might Be in Trouble

A Byzantine trash heap reveals the slow decline of a desert culture.
March 26, 2019
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trains

Found: York’s First Railway Station

Workers uncovered evidence from a pivotal moment in the city's modern history.
March 22, 2019
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artifacts

Found: A Ship Once Described By Herodotus

A wreck discovered in the Nile suggests the ancient Greek historian's description was spot on.
March 19, 2019
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lakes

Found: A Lake in Death Valley, the Hottest and Driest of the U.S. National Parks

It was not a mirage.
March 15, 2019
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waterfalls

Waterfalls Can Just Spontaneously Happen

A new study suggests that creating these natural wonders doesn't require external forces.
March 15, 2019
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horticulture

The Life of a Historic Los Angeles Tree Comes to an End

For 144 years, it lived at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the site where the city was founded in the 18th century.
March 12, 2019
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sailors

Found: Inscriptions by American Whalers, Carved Over Indigenous Australian Petroglyphs

Researchers believe the sailors were commemorating their voyages.
March 8, 2019
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boats

An Artist, a Shantyboat, and the Lost History of American River Communities

Wes Modes is documenting life along America's waterways.
March 7, 2019
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farms

In Search of Opium, Parrots Are Wreaking Havoc on India's Poppy Fields

Farmers in Madhya Pradesh are struggling to combat the avian theft.
March 5, 2019
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ancient

The Fall of Angkor Was More Than a Century in the Making

New research suggests that the city’s demise wasn’t related to a sudden catastrophe, but rather, a choice.
February 28, 2019
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bones

Czechia’s ‘Bone Church’ Is Getting a Good, Thorough Cleaning

A team of experts will be restoring four decorative pyramids, made of human remains.
February 26, 2019
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world's fair

For Rent: Indiana's Iconic, But Languishing, House of Tomorrow

There's a catch: You have to be willing to restore the futuristic structure.
February 22, 2019
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siberia

Why 3 Cities in Siberia Are Covered in Black Snow

The toxic flurries are a product of Russia's coal pits.
February 19, 2019
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manuscripts

How a 14th-Century Nun Faked Her Own Death

Her escape was documented in the margins of a medieval manuscript.
February 18, 2019
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breakup week

What Happens When Sister Cities Break Up?

In October 2018, the Japanese city of Osaka broke off its 60-year relationship with San Francisco, California.
February 15, 2019
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greenland

The Vikings Got Lucky and Hit Greenland During a Warm Spell

But it didn’t go well for them when things got cold again.
February 7, 2019
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botanical illustration

A Forgotten Botanist’s Stunning 19th-Century Manuscript Is Now Online

It is considered one of the most comprehensive works on Cuba’s flora during the colonial period.
February 5, 2019
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portugal

Scientists Discovered a New Family of Fungi on an 800-Year-Old Cathedral in Portugal

This miniature foe is munching through the stone walls of Sé Velha.
January 31, 2019
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manuscripts

For Sale: Letters and Illustrations From Dr. Seuss

The collection comes from a time when the author was just becoming a household name.
January 29, 2019