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The Pit of Death That Holds the History of New Zealand's Flightless Birds
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The Pit of Death That Holds the History of New Zealand's Flightless Birds

A natural trap that became a grave for thousands of avians.
November 17, 2017
With Smog Meringues, You Can Taste Your City's Air Pollution
Gastro Obscura
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With Smog Meringues, You Can Taste Your City's Air Pollution

Artists whip up a way for your taste buds to go through what your lungs do every day.
November 17, 2017
The Indiana Amish Are Blessed With a Genetic Fountain of Youth
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The Indiana Amish Are Blessed With a Genetic Fountain of Youth

The mutation confers longer life, but comes with a caveat.
November 16, 2017
Meet Ann Gregory, Who Shattered Racist and Sexist Barriers in the Golf World
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Meet Ann Gregory, Who Shattered Racist and Sexist Barriers in the Golf World

An unheralded sports pioneer, she was known as "The Queen of Negro Women’s Golf."
November 15, 2017
The Secret Chord That Makes Pop Music Sound Happy
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psychology

The Secret Chord That Makes Pop Music Sound Happy

The musical formula for good vibrations.
November 15, 2017
How Great Art Can Make You a Little Crazy
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How Great Art Can Make You a Little Crazy

Braving the long lines to see the last Leonardo in private hands.
November 14, 2017
A Meteor Struck the Grounds of a School in Northern Ireland (Or Did It?)
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children

A Meteor Struck the Grounds of a School in Northern Ireland (Or Did It?)

Strange things were afoot at Castle Gardens Primary School.
November 13, 2017
Male Mangrove Crabs Have a Taunting Victory Dance
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crustaceans

Male Mangrove Crabs Have a Taunting Victory Dance

These moves put the "man" in "mangrove crab."
November 13, 2017
You Probably Share Your Home With at Least 100 Kinds of Bugs
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microbes

You Probably Share Your Home With at Least 100 Kinds of Bugs

And cleaning more often won't change a darned thing.
November 10, 2017
Meet the Rottweiler-Sized Prehistoric Otter With Teeth That Could Crunch Bone
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Meet the Rottweiler-Sized Prehistoric Otter With Teeth That Could Crunch Bone

Can an apex predator be cuddly?
November 09, 2017
Found: A Celebratory Roman Sundial, Two Millennia Old
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elections

Found: A Celebratory Roman Sundial, Two Millennia Old

A tribune of the people is still celebrating his electoral victory.
November 08, 2017
The Twilight of the Analog Photo Booth
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nostalgia

The Twilight of the Analog Photo Booth

The effort to save a rare beast on the road to extinction.
November 08, 2017
Watch a Jacobean Painting Emerge From 200 Years of Grime in Seconds
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video wonders

Watch a Jacobean Painting Emerge From 200 Years of Grime in Seconds

A mysterious 1618 lady, revealed.
November 07, 2017
The New Zealand Birdwatchers Who Fly to North Korea in the Spring
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north korea

The New Zealand Birdwatchers Who Fly to North Korea in the Spring

The quest for a bird that continues to defy international sanctions.
November 07, 2017
Forensic Science Is Being Used to Crack the Secret Code of Turtle Foraging
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conservation

Forensic Science Is Being Used to Crack the Secret Code of Turtle Foraging

Evidence never lies.
November 06, 2017
Multidimensional Maps That Provide New Perspectives on New York City
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geographic oddities

Multidimensional Maps That Provide New Perspectives on New York City

The world's most mapped city, as you've never seen it before.
November 06, 2017
Why Teenage Male Mammoths Tended to Die in Really Silly Ways
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Why Teenage Male Mammoths Tended to Die in Really Silly Ways

YOLO
November 03, 2017
The Early 20th-Century ID Cards That Kept Trans People Safe From Harassment
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The Early 20th-Century ID Cards That Kept Trans People Safe From Harassment

The radical days of the Weimar Republic, just before the rise of Nazism.
November 02, 2017
The $10,000 Whisky Dram That Turned Out to Be Worthless
Gastro Obscura
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The $10,000 Whisky Dram That Turned Out to Be Worthless

A refund was involved.
November 02, 2017
The Luminescent Underwater Slug Pirates of the Mediterranean Sea
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slugs

The Luminescent Underwater Slug Pirates of the Mediterranean Sea

Crafty nudibranchs get two meals in one.
November 01, 2017
Was Minnie Dean Really the Wickedest Woman in New Zealand History?
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new zealand

Was Minnie Dean Really the Wickedest Woman in New Zealand History?

Revisiting the case of the only woman ever executed on its shores.
November 01, 2017
Meet a Scottish 'Witch' Who Died 300 Years Ago
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31 days of halloween

Meet a Scottish 'Witch' Who Died 300 Years Ago

Digital reconstruction gives a face to a sad tale.
October 31, 2017
Revisit the Enchantment of 'Into the Veil'
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events

Revisit the Enchantment of 'Into the Veil'

A short film for those who missed this year's big event in New York—or want to relive it.
October 30, 2017
An Artificial Intelligence Bot Writes Stories of the Macabre
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artificial intelligence

An Artificial Intelligence Bot Writes Stories of the Macabre

"Shelley" conjures tales of disembodied mouths, surprise male pregnancies, and a house full of dolls.
October 30, 2017