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These Are the Most Realistic Fish Ever Carved From Wood

The National Fish Decoy Association contest celebrates the best of the best.
May 24, 2019
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recipe

These Belgian Monks Are Reopening a Medieval Microbrewery

The operation has been dormant for more than 220 years.
May 22, 2019
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south africa

Found: The Earliest Evidence of Humans Cooking and Eating Starch

We were eating rhizomes and tubers as early as 120,000 years ago.
May 20, 2019
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atom bombs

Found: Glass Fallout From the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

The particles have covered nearby beaches, unnoticed, for nearly 75 years.
May 15, 2019
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england

This Could Be England's Earliest Known Christian Burial

Sixteen years of research have revealed the secrets of a major excavation.
May 13, 2019
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fire

Italian Vineyards Are Glowing From the Light of Hundreds of Torches

It's a beautiful, if imperfect, antidote to crop-damaging cold.
May 10, 2019
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livestock

The Elite, Poison Ivy–Munching Goats Taking on New York's Invasive Weeds

There's a benefit to being able to eat almost anything.
May 08, 2019
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taxes

Martha Washington Used a Government Perk to Cancel Her Newspaper

Just four of her "Free Franks"—letters delivered without postage—are known to survive.
May 06, 2019
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industrial revolution

Skull-Shaped Beer Steins Were Once Popular Graduation Gifts

They were part of a broader wave of adventurous stein-craft.
May 03, 2019
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italy

This Lock of Hair Could Tell Us Where da Vinci Is Buried

The location of his remains is in dispute.
May 01, 2019
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boston

Sold: A Vintage Babe Ruth Card Found in a Piano

It went to the tune of $130,000.
April 29, 2019
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teeth

A Hunter-Gatherer Ate an Entire Rattlesnake and We Have the Poop to Prove It

"We know that the person must have lived to the point of defecation."
April 24, 2019
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south africa

Nelson Mandela's Prison Cell, Through His Eyes

The drawing is one of more than 20 original artworks by the Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
April 22, 2019
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What Ancient Pee Can Teach Us About the Rise of Agriculture

A conspicuous rise in urine suggests that the Neolithic Revolution took place beyond the Fertile Crescent.
April 17, 2019
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cultures

Stone Age Tombs Were Family Affairs

New research examines the connections between people buried at mysterious megaliths.
April 15, 2019
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judaism

Look Inside a Precious Passover Haggadah From Medieval Italy

It's on public view for the first time since 1900.
April 10, 2019
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britain

Found: A Gold Coin From Britain's Roman Revolt

Allectus only reigned for three years, but here he is, nearly two millennia later.
April 08, 2019
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bottle art

For Sale: A Lone Survivor of Coca-Cola's Prototype Bottles

It eluded even bottle treasure-hunters, until now.
April 03, 2019
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judaism

Found: A Seal That May Have Belonged to a Biblical Courtier

If you know of another Nathan-Melech, this is your chance to speak up.
April 01, 2019
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real estate

Found: A Lost Charter Issued by King John More Than 800 Years Ago

Is there nothing that libraries can't do?
March 27, 2019
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satellite

See the Aftermath of a Fireball Meteor Exploding Above the Clouds

Just 33 feet wide, with the power of 10 atomic bombs.
March 25, 2019
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metal

For Sale: A Penny That Stopped a Bullet and Saved a Life

It's not the only everyday object to have done so on the battlefield.
March 21, 2019
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world record

It's Official, This Is the Oldest Known Mariner's Astrolabe in the World

More than 500 years old, it was found with the oldest ship's bell.
March 18, 2019
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feast

Pig Remains Show How Far Prehistoric People Traveled to Visit Stonehenge

Epic Neolithic feasts drew crowds from opposite ends of Britain.
March 13, 2019