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fossil

The World Has Two New Flying Dinosaurs

Or at least it used to. What can these recently identified dino-birds teach us about extinction?
February 18, 2022
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queens

The Most Lavish Mesopotamian Tomb Ever Found Belongs to a Woman

And her clothing tells an important story, says archeologist Rita Wright.
February 10, 2022
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ocean

The Tricky Business of Saving a Baby Beluga

For the first time, scientists were able to save a young whale stranded in Cook Inlet. What should happen next?
February 7, 2022
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aquariums

How Do You Care for One of the World's Oldest Aquarium Fish?

It requires lots of figs and belly rubs to keep Methuselah happy and healthy.
February 1, 2022
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queens

Is This $88 Portrait the Work of a 17th-Century Flemish Master?

Science and historical research say….maybe.
January 28, 2022
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queens

The Forgotten Women Who Ruled the Medieval Middle East

A new book tells the tales of the queens of Jerusalem.
January 25, 2022
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soviet

Will the Gates of Hell Be Closed Forever?

Turkmenistan’s Darvaza gas crater has been on fire for decades. The inferno may finally be extinguished.
January 19, 2022
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extinction

Inside the Years-Long, International Effort to Save One Tiny Mexican Fish

Scientists and schoolchildren worked together to bring the tequila fish back from extinction.
January 13, 2022
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she was there

Women Plundered and Swashbuckled With the Best (and Worst) of Them

The new book "Pirate Women" uncovers the stories of the women who sailed their way into history, cutlass in hand.
January 4, 2022
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the year in wonder 2021

A Year in Wacky History, from Renaissance “Hell Banquets” to Georgia’s Muddy Spring Rites

Our favorite history stories inspire your sense of wonder.
December 30, 2021
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the year in wonder 2021

Darwin’s Squeaky Beans and 139 Victorian Skulls: Our Favorite 2021 ‘Secret Lives of Museums’ Stories

Let’s sneak into where museum visitors can’t.
December 28, 2021
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maori

From Cambodia’s Hungry Ghosts to Assam’s Mobile Theaters, Our Favorite Indigenous Stories of 2021

Perseverance and ingenuity from around the world.
December 22, 2021
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she was there

Remembering the Remarkable Queens Who Ruled Ancient Nubia

Scholar Solange Ashby is uncovering the once-revered, now little-remembered female leaders of the Kushite kingdoms.
December 15, 2021
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hands

The Dark History of Hawai‘i’s Iconic Hand Gesture

The ‘shaka’ or ‘hang loose’ gesture likely originated from island plantations’ brutal working conditions.
December 14, 2021
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small businesses

To Join This Community of People Who Speak to the Dead, Prepare to Be Tested

Think you have what it takes to be a spiritual medium in Lily Dale?
December 7, 2021
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19th century

Excavating the Hawaiian History of Kaua‘i’s ‘Russian’ Fort

A rich local history has long been overshadowed by a few months under a Russian flag.
November 30, 2021
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cotton

The Secret History of Panamá’s Most Colorful Clothes

In Guna Yala, indigenous women sew stories of legend, revolution, and even Minnie Mouse into the elaborate textiles known as molas.
November 17, 2021
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secret recipes

How Scholars Cracked a Medieval Alchemist’s Secret Code

Written in a puzzling Latin cipher, it contains his formula for eternal life.
November 11, 2021
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shipbuilding

To Build an 18th-Century Ship, Shipwrights Had to Remaster a Lost Craft

It took a lot of careful planning to once again bend wood with giant steam boxes.
November 9, 2021
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runestones

The Long, Hidden History of the Viking Obsession With Werewolves

A symbol both of chaos and order, the wolf came to represent many things for the Vikings.
October 27, 2021
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victorian literature

How Gruesome Penny Dreadfuls Got Victorian Children Reading

Despite causing a moral panic, these salacious tales helped boost literacy in Victorian England.
October 22, 2021
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cave

The History and Mystery of Yemen’s ‘Well of Hell’

The first-ever expedition to the bottom of a startling desert sinkhole found wonders—but only natural ones.
October 20, 2021
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mental health

Haunted Houses Have Nothing on Lighthouses

From drowning to murders to the mental toll of isolation, these stoic towers carry a full share of tragedy.
October 12, 2021
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desert

These Carved Camels Are the Oldest Life-Sized Reliefs in World

The ancient sculptures in Saudi Arabia were made when the desert was green and camels were wild.
October 6, 2021