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destination southern africa

Found: Fossilized Tracks of Baby Sea Turtles in South Africa

Prehistoric squee!
September 4, 2019
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wool

In the Pyrenees Mountains, It’s Bears vs. Sheep vs. Humans

A bear named Claverina has stoked an age-old debate about where predators belong.
September 3, 2019
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imaginary world

Zoology’s Favorite Hoax Was an Island Rat That Hopped on Its Nose

Harald Strümpke didn’t just create a lost archipelago, he created a sensation.
September 3, 2019
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frog

Saving the World’s Last 14 Loa Water Frogs

The endangered amphibians were found camped out in a lonely brown puddle in Chile.
August 29, 2019
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gallery

California's Mexican-American History Is Disappearing Beneath White Paint

It’s surprisingly hard to protect beloved public art.
August 28, 2019
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arches

Climbers in Utah Scaled a 400-Foot Rock to Measure How It Moves

Scientists say Castleton Tower is always vibrating, but doesn’t seem in danger of falling down.
August 27, 2019
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chill like a ...

Between Plagues, Medieval Peasants Enjoyed Bawdiness and Brawling

To chill like a peasant, attend a farcical play and wrestle with your friends.
August 23, 2019
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chill like a ...

Ancient Mesoamericans Calmed Down and Hooked Up in Sweaty Steam Baths

Temazcales helped indigenous people let off steam, until colonialism came along.
August 21, 2019
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fabric

The Not-So-Chill History of Hawai‘i’s Breeziest Shirt

The aloha shirt has many possible inventors and a long, fraught cultural history.
August 20, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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banana

No, the Banana Apocalypse Is Not Around the Corner

But Colombia’s outbreak of lethal banana fungus is still bad news.
August 16, 2019
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snake

Biologists Relocated 30,000 Animals to Make Room for a Natural Gas Plant

It took seven years to evacuate all the goannas, echidnas, and venomous snakes.
August 15, 2019
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vintage

For Sale: The Dalai Lama’s 1966 Land Rover

The vintage 4x4 traversed rural roads in Dharamsala for 10 years, with His Holiness in tow.
August 14, 2019
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fungus

North Carolina’s Abandoned Gold Mines Don’t Have Gold, But Do Have Bats

A deadly disease could devastate these thriving colonies of winged critters.
August 14, 2019
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genocide

One Family’s Story of Survival Under the Khmer Rouge, No Longer Buried

Photos testify to the Rama’s journey from Battambang to Shreveport.
August 9, 2019
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nobel prize

In a Special Room in an Ohio Library, Toni Morrison’s Legacy Lives On

The Nobel Prize–winning novelist never lost touch with her hometown.
August 8, 2019
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army

Why Does the U.S. Army Own So Many Fossils?

Turns out massive flood control projects are a great way to find dinosaurs.
August 7, 2019
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beauty

Researchers Concocted an Ancient Egyptian Perfume Perhaps Worn by Cleopatra

One archaeologist describes the spicy, musky scent as "the Chanel No. 5 of ancient Egypt."
August 6, 2019
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destination southern africa

Why a South African Petrochemical Plant Is Like Catnip to Servals

The wildcats are an example of resilience and adaptation.
August 2, 2019
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real estate

For Sale: Your Very Own (Extinct) Volcano

The regrettably named Posbury Clump could be yours for just $60,000 and change.
August 1, 2019
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hobby

These Cheeky Statuettes Were Part of Edo-Era Japan’s Answer to Pockets

Ornate netsuke were practical status symbols.
July 31, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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fair food

In This Moon Landing, Everything Is Made of Butter

A creamy new sculpture at the Ohio State Fair honors the Apollo 11 crew.
July 29, 2019
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bogs

One of Hawaiʻi's Rarest Bogs Just Got an 11-Year Makeover

Step 1: Evict all the pigs.
July 26, 2019
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art outside

Oakland's Favorite Monster Is Back—and Greener Than Ever

A restoration project has given a once-iconic sculpture a new lease on life.
July 25, 2019
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invertebrates

The Strange Case of Mexico's Shrinking Jumbo Squid

Too many El Niños have diminished the "diablo rojo."
July 24, 2019