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indigenous

Found: Really, Really Old Quinoa

These 3,000-year-old charred seeds are the oldest of their kind ever found in Ontario.
January 18, 2019
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jordan

How Long Have Dogs Been Helping Us Hunt?

New findings in Jordan indicate that they've been assisting us for nearly 12,000 years.
January 16, 2019
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antarctic

Antarctica Is Losing 250 Billion Tons of Ice Per Year

For nearly 40 years, this loss has accelerated at a devastating clip.
January 14, 2019
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llamas

Poop-Eating Mites Are Handy Historians

These arthropods can tell us about the causes of animal extinctions.
January 09, 2019
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metal

For Sale: A Penny Worth a Fortune

In 1943, copper was supposed to be preserved for the war effort.
January 07, 2019
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anniversary

Four Vaguely Historic Anniversaries We Overlooked in 2018

Our bad.
December 26, 2018
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nostalgia

The French Conquest of Algeria Was Sick With Nostalgia

The long, dark, painful history of an everyday emotion.
December 21, 2018
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paleontology

How It Came to Be That a Shark Dined on a Pterosaur

It's fun to imagine it leapt out of the water like a torpedo—but unlikely.
December 20, 2018
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robots

Found: Upside-Down Waterfalls, Steaming Mud, and Blue Microbes on the Ocean Floor

An unusual hydrothermal ecosystem erupts in the Gulf of California.
December 17, 2018
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shoes

For Sale: A Boot That Almost Went to the Moon

If it hadn't been somehow considered unacceptable.
December 12, 2018
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panama

Urban Frogs Make More Attractive Mating Calls

Yo! The old tale of city-frog, country-frog now has a decisive winner.
December 10, 2018
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reptiles

Geckos Can Run on Water

Faster than ducks can swim in it.
December 07, 2018
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crustaceans

The Gribbles Are Here to Help Us Go Green

Tiny marine wood-eaters might help us dig into our biofuel future.
December 03, 2018
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teeth

This 4,000-Year-Old Pot Spent Years as a Toothbrush Holder

It was purely acci-dental.
November 30, 2018
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london

Take a Virtual Murder Tour of Medieval London

You'll find that churches offer little sanctuary.
November 28, 2018
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rock and roll

For Sale: A Wood-Paneled Console That Helped Shape Classic Rock

Bowie, Marley, Zeppelin, and more recorded on this piece of music history.
November 26, 2018
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hanukkah

A Menorah That Honors an Immigrant's Story

After escaping the Holocaust, Manfred Anson paid tribute to his new home.
November 22, 2018
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stars

See the Newly Found, Explosive Star System Named for an Egyptian Snake God

Apep has the right conditions for the biggest known explosion in the universe.
November 19, 2018
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oxford university

Oxford’s Library Once Branded Its Sauciest Books With a Greek Letter

How James Joyce, Madonna, and Monty Python ended up on the same restricted shelf.
November 15, 2018
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contests

The Competitive Book Sorters Who Spread Knowledge Around New York

Inside an annual contest of brains, brawn, and library logistics.
November 14, 2018
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pacific

You Can Now Eavesdrop on Orcas on Your Computer

Listen to the peaceful, and sometimes not-so-peaceful, sounds of the sea for the sake of science.
November 12, 2018
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moth

Moth Fur Is the Ultimate Acoustic Armor

It muffles the clicks of ravenous, echolocating bats.
November 09, 2018
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comedy

Found: Vulgar Mosaics in a Roman Latrine

They offered bathroom-goers some raunchy entertainment.
November 08, 2018
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satellite

See How Badly Crop Burning Is Fouling Northern India's Air

NASA photos show an impenetrable haze.
November 06, 2018