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shipwrecks

Another Piece of Lusitania Has Been Rediscovered and Raised

The ill-fated ship's engine order telegraph was found, then lost, then found.
July 31, 2017
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butterflies

DNA Barcoding Shows That Two Butterfly Species Are One and the Same

They're an extreme case of sexual dimorphism.
July 28, 2017
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landslide

A Landslide Was the Culprit Behind a Massive Tsunami in Greenland

This could be just the beginning.
July 27, 2017
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fossils

Just After a Mass Extinction, This Toothy Fish Ruled the Seas

A new fossil shows it topped the food chain earlier than was once thought.
July 26, 2017
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planets

There Are Giant Standing Waves in Venus's Atmosphere

Something's in the air on our closest neighbor.
July 25, 2017
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space

Scientists Have Created a Virtual Universe to Practice Mapping the Real One

It took a computer 80 hours to generate 25 billion galaxies.
July 24, 2017
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airplanes

Explore the Seafloor With Data Collected During the Search for MH370

The Australian government has released the results of a survey of the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
July 21, 2017
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civil war

A Famous Letter Thought to Be Written by Lincoln Was Penned by His Secretary

N-gram tracing was used to reveal the author.
July 20, 2017
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nasa

NASA Just Released Hundreds of Historic Space and Aviation Videos

Watch the first space shuttle take off and an experimental aircraft set a speed record.
July 20, 2017
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dams

To Fix a California Dam, Engineers Are Putting a Giant Scale Model to the Test

Oroville Dam's spillway crumbled in February, and now California is racing for a fix.
July 19, 2017
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waves

A Sea Cave in Indonesia Contains a 5,000-Year Record of Tsunamis

Layers of silt show just how unpredictable earthquakes are.
July 19, 2017
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mars

A Large Asteroid Impact Might Explain Mars' Geological Nuttiness

Computer models suggest it was big enough to form the planet's two moons.
July 18, 2017
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reptiles

Endangered Cuban Crocodiles Are Being Reintroduced to the Wild

Keeping them separate from American crocs will be key to their survival.
July 17, 2017
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sin week

Before Sloth Meant Laziness, It Was the Spiritual Sin of Acedia

And why early monks in the desert didn't want to fall asleep during the day.
July 14, 2017
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fish

There Was a Massive, Gross Slime Eel Spill in Oregon

The hagfish were on their way to South Korea.
July 14, 2017
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solar system

There's a New Sunspot Larger Than Earth

Things have been pretty quiet up there, so it was a surprise.
July 13, 2017
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prostitution

The Wartime Posters That Tried to Shame Soldiers Away From STDs

“You can’t beat the Axis if you get VD.”
July 12, 2017
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insects

How Fire Ants Form Towers More Than 30 Ants High

And they circulate through the towers like water in a fountain.
July 12, 2017
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salt

From Space, Bolivia's Salt Flats Look Like a Glitch

The geological feature is home to the largest lithium reserve in the world.
July 11, 2017
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fires

These Endangered Pygmy Rabbits Survived a Wildfire by Heading Underground

Firefighters and biologists staged a rescue once the area was deemed safe.
July 10, 2017
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wolves

Meet California's Three Newest Wolf Pups

They were caught playing in front of a trail camera.
July 7, 2017
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coral reefs

In the Deep, Corals Glow Red to Help Out Their Photosynthetic Tenants

And in the lab, they're helping cancer researchers, too.
July 6, 2017
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earthquakes

The Forgotten Documents of a 1918 Tsunami in Puerto Rico

They are helping scientists understand exactly what happened.
July 5, 2017
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archaeology

Found: Evidence That Humans Have Been Eating Potatoes in North America for Over 10,000 Years

Some starchy residue in Utah came from a native potato.
July 5, 2017