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The Earliest European Cave Art Was Made by Neanderthals
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The Earliest European Cave Art Was Made by Neanderthals

A new study suggests that they had the capacity for symbolic behavior.
February 23, 2018
Why Bees Prefer the Countryside
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Why Bees Prefer the Countryside

Summer in the city can spell danger for some wild bees.
February 22, 2018
Finding the Unexpected Wonder in More Than 22,000 International Standards
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Finding the Unexpected Wonder in More Than 22,000 International Standards

From brewing tea to making shipping containers.
February 22, 2018
A Train That Inspired a 'Thomas the Tank Engine' Character Is Turning 100
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A Train That Inspired a 'Thomas the Tank Engine' Character Is Turning 100

Duncan is based on a locomotive called Douglas.
February 21, 2018
The Average Gray Squirrel Is Surprisingly Good at Problem Solving
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The Average Gray Squirrel Is Surprisingly Good at Problem Solving

Sorry, red squirrels.
February 20, 2018
What We Thought We Knew About Bunnies Was Wrong
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What We Thought We Knew About Bunnies Was Wrong

Scientists have debunked a centuries-old legend about rabbit domestication.
February 19, 2018
The Special Stew at the Heart of Sumo Wrestling
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The Special Stew at the Heart of Sumo Wrestling

Why one dish defines an entire sport.
February 16, 2018
The Underground Magazine That Sparked the Longest Obscenity Trial in British History
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The Underground Magazine That Sparked the Longest Obscenity Trial in British History

In 1970, the editors of OZ magazine handed over the reins to a group of teens. Not long after, the police showed up.
February 16, 2018
What Fossilized Poop Tells Us About an Extinct Giant Bird From New Zealand
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What Fossilized Poop Tells Us About an Extinct Giant Bird From New Zealand

Resurrecting the moa's diet.
February 13, 2018
How Anti-Plagiarism Software Led Scholars to a New Shakespeare Source Text
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How Anti-Plagiarism Software Led Scholars to a New Shakespeare Source Text

A thoroughly modern literary excavation.
February 12, 2018
The Russian Train Stop That Serves One Schoolgirl
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The Russian Train Stop That Serves One Schoolgirl

All aboard!
February 09, 2018
The Forgotten History of New York’s Bagel Famines
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The Forgotten History of New York’s Bagel Famines

Remembering Local 338 and the world's toughest bagel bakers.
February 09, 2018
The Gay Coffeehouse Where Off-Off Broadway Theater Was Born
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The Gay Coffeehouse Where Off-Off Broadway Theater Was Born

Remembering the Caffe Cino of 31 Cornelia Street, New York.
February 09, 2018
Australian Magpies From Big Families Do Better in Intelligence Tests
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Australian Magpies From Big Families Do Better in Intelligence Tests

The bigger the brood, the brighter the bird.
February 08, 2018
Meet a Briton From 10,000 Years Ago
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Meet a Briton From 10,000 Years Ago

New research has given a face to the famous Mesolithic Cheddar Man.
February 07, 2018
How Long Is a Moment?
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How Long Is a Moment?

The physics, neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy behind a little bit of time.
February 06, 2018
The Mutant, All-Female Crayfish That Reproduce by Cloning Themselves
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The Mutant, All-Female Crayfish That Reproduce by Cloning Themselves

A horror film made real.
February 06, 2018
The Court Case That Killed the 'Ladies Menu'
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The Court Case That Killed the 'Ladies Menu'

Upscale restaurants once listed prices only for men.
February 02, 2018
Why Two Anthropologists Reconstructed Prehistoric Weaponry
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Why Two Anthropologists Reconstructed Prehistoric Weaponry

Hunter-gatherers were more tech-savvy than we give them credit for.
February 02, 2018
Has Artificial Intelligence Cracked the Voynich Manuscript's Mysterious Code?
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Has Artificial Intelligence Cracked the Voynich Manuscript's Mysterious Code?

Send in the bots.
February 01, 2018
The Killer Wasp That Saws Its Way Out of Its Victims
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The Killer Wasp That Saws Its Way Out of Its Victims

A six-legged terror the size of a sesame seed.
January 31, 2018
Unlike Other Animals, Naked Mole Rats Don't Seem to Age
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Unlike Other Animals, Naked Mole Rats Don't Seem to Age

Don't believe the wrinkles.
January 30, 2018
A Cache of Historical Sugar Samples Seeks a New Home
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A Cache of Historical Sugar Samples Seeks a New Home

A very sweet find.
January 29, 2018
50 Escaped Baboons Shut Down a Paris Zoo
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50 Escaped Baboons Shut Down a Paris Zoo

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