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neuroscience

How Long Is a Moment?

The physics, neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy behind a little bit of time.
February 06, 2018
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water

The Mutant, All-Female Crayfish That Reproduce by Cloning Themselves

A horror film made real.
February 06, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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feminism

The Court Case That Killed the 'Ladies Menu'

Upscale restaurants once listed prices only for men.
February 02, 2018
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weapons

Why Two Anthropologists Reconstructed Prehistoric Weaponry

Hunter-gatherers were more tech-savvy than we give them credit for.
February 02, 2018
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cryptography

Has Artificial Intelligence Cracked the Voynich Manuscript's Mysterious Code?

Send in the bots.
February 01, 2018
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monsters

The Killer Wasp That Saws Its Way Out of Its Victims

A six-legged terror the size of a sesame seed.
January 31, 2018
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rodents

Unlike Other Animals, Naked Mole Rats Don't Seem to Age

Don't believe the wrinkles.
January 30, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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sugar

A Cache of Historical Sugar Samples Seeks a New Home

A very sweet find.
January 29, 2018
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monkeys

50 Escaped Baboons Shut Down a Paris Zoo

Precisely how they got out remains a mystery.
January 26, 2018
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berlin wall

A Forgotten Portion of the Berlin Wall Has Been Found in the Woods

A German historian stumbled upon the chunk in 1999, but kept it a secret until now.
January 25, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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cocktails

How America Fell in Love With Vodka

The “white whiskey” traded on its tastelessness.
January 25, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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cheese

The Sad Demise of a Village Cheese-Rolling Competition

It is no longer seen as "cool," organizers say.
January 24, 2018
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judaism

One of the Last Two Dead Sea Scrolls Has Been Decoded

Israeli researchers found an ancient calendar by piecing together fragments of the text.
January 23, 2018
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cryptids

How Climate Change Inspires Monsters

"The Year Without a Summer" produced some of the most iconic fictional beasts of all time.
January 23, 2018
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monsters

Help Us Design a Climate Change Monster

What fictional beasts will our shifting environments bring?
January 22, 2018
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coral reefs

Saving the Great Barrier Reef Means Saying Goodbye to a Lot of Starfish

The crown-of-thorns starfish preys upon coral, munching on its stony polyps.
January 22, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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tomatoes

Southern Italians Are Tussling Over Tomatoes

The latest twist in a food-based war between Campania and Puglia.
January 19, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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caffeine

Why Brigham Young University Had a Secret Cola Vending Machine

The complex relationship between Mormons and caffeinated soda.
January 18, 2018
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marmots

A Life of Solitude Makes Yellow-Bellied Marmots Live Longer

Party animals pay the price.
January 18, 2018
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maps

This Map Shows Every Adorably Named Salt Truck in Scotland

From Luke Snowalker to Sir Salter Scott.
January 17, 2018
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sex

Orificial Surgery Was a Gruesome 19th-Century Sham Medicine

Phrenology (and surgery) below the belt.
January 16, 2018
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knitting

See an Entire Northern Ireland Village Knitted Out of Wool

An incredible yarn from Cloughmills, County Antrim.
January 16, 2018
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france

France's Ongoing Quest to Crush English Loanwords

Saying "adieu" to "le smartphone."
January 15, 2018
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paleontology

An Amazing Fossilized Eye Reveals How an Ancient Bird Saw

Feast your eyes on this.
January 12, 2018