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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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farming

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

NASA photos show an impenetrable haze.
November 06, 2018
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conspiracy theories

For Sale: Fragments of the Grassy Knoll Kennedy Conspiracy Theory

These fence posts were witnesses to history.
November 02, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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london

Found: Teeth From a Medieval Sea Monster/Delicacy

Fancy a lamprey pie?
November 01, 2018
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mexico

The Ancient Mesoamerican City That Spawned Copies of Itself

New laser imaging shows Izapa's suburbs were like mini-capitals.
October 29, 2018
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teeth

We Always Thought This Dinosaur Was a Vegetarian, Then We Found Its Front Teeth

A sharp surprise from Montana's Hell Creek.
October 26, 2018
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wool

Why England Once Forced Everyone to Be Buried in Wool

Transgressors had to pay a heavy fine.
October 25, 2018
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van gogh

Found: A Photo of the Man Who Fired Van Gogh and Changed Art History

A portrait of the artist as a bad salesman.
October 23, 2018
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conservation

Mule Deer Are Eating Away at the Most Massive Living Thing in the World

A special aspen grove needs the chance to regenerate.
October 18, 2018
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san francisco

A Century Ago, Wood-Eating Worms Devastated San Francisco Bay

The battle against them is still being waged today.
October 15, 2018
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mushrooms

The Original 'Humungous Fungus' Is Even Bigger and Older Than We Thought

But it's not the biggest.
October 12, 2018
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arctic

Dead Whales Once Saved Polar Bears From Climate Change, But Not This Time

Less sea ice and fewer whales mean a grim outlook.
October 10, 2018
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facial hair

The Great French Mustache Strike of 1907

Parisian waiters had to fight for the right to manly whiskers.
October 05, 2018
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comic books

Found: An Ancient Roman Comic Strip With Speech Bubbles

“Alas for me! I am dead!”
September 28, 2018
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rodents

City Cats Might Not Be the Rat-Control Option We Thought They Were

But they're still bad news for birds.
September 27, 2018
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nest

Desert Ants Can Remember Food Smells Like Gourmet Chefs

But they quickly forget the smells of their own nests.
September 24, 2018
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wales

Found: The Likely Birthplace of King Henry VII

Think of it as the first Tudor mansion.
September 17, 2018
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south

What a South Carolina Ghost Story Says About Hurricanes and History

The Gray Man was a warning that it was time to leave.
September 14, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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breweries

Found: Evidence of the Oldest Beer Ever Brewed

It's possible that beer even came before bread.
September 12, 2018
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ukraine

It's Rosh Hashanah, and a Ukrainian Town Is Bursting With Jewish Pilgrims

For the first time, Israel has opened a temporary consulate to help manage the chaos.
September 10, 2018