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volcanoes

Why Hawaiians Place Plants Before a Wall of Hot Lava

Ti leaves have long been thought to have powers of protection.
May 8, 2018
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science

Plants Are Communicating With Each Other Using Underground Signals

A new report shows that touching one plant can affect the behavior of its neighbors.
May 2, 2018
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spring

How to Tell If You Have Spring Fever

Symptoms include: listlessness and energy, laziness and glee.
May 1, 2018
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goats

The Cartoon Goat From Poland Who Wandered the World in Search of Shoes

Koziołek Matołek resonated with generations of Polish children.
April 27, 2018
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nuclear

The Underground Nuclear Test That Didn't Stay Underground

The fallout cloud from the Baneberry test was never supposed to exist.
April 27, 2018
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crash site

The U.S. Once Dropped Two Nuclear Bombs on North Carolina by Accident

By sheer luck, neither detonated.
April 26, 2018
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bombs

What Happens When a Giant Nuclear Missile Accidentally Falls Back Into Its Silo

In 1960, a test of a Titan I missile went smoothly until the very end.
April 25, 2018
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libraries

Every Library Has a Story to Tell

Three new books for bibliophiles dig into the hidden human side of book collections.
April 24, 2018
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nuclear

When the U.S. Kept Losing Nuclear Bombs

In the 1950s, military accidents meant that nuclear warheads went missing.
April 24, 2018
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nuclear

The Nuclear 'Demon Core' That Killed Two Scientists

After World War II ended, physicists kept pushing a plutonium core to its edge.
April 23, 2018
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objects of intrigue

Go Medieval by Attaching a Book to Your Belt

They're incredibly rare today, but portable girdle books were once very handy.
April 19, 2018
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ice

Why Antarctica's Prehistoric Forests Might Foreshadow Its Future

Hidden on the frozen continent are clues to its greener past.
April 3, 2018
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snow

The Strange Magic of Forest Thaw Circles

As snow melts, a mysterious pattern appears around tree trunks.
April 3, 2018
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snow

Watch a Single Snowflake Melt

A 3D model shows how snow transforms into water.
March 30, 2018
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easter

The Lost Tradition of Playing Ball in Church to Celebrate Easter

Priests danced around a labyrinth and played a symbolic, ritual game of catch.
March 29, 2018
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immigration

The First U.S. Census Asked Just Four Questions

Over the 230 year history of the census, its questions about national origin tracked attitudes about race and nationalism.
March 28, 2018
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law

It's Soul-Crushing, But Don't Take the DMV for Granted

When rich, reckless drivers started tearing up streets, authorities needed a way to keep people safe.
March 27, 2018
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aliens

How to Create an Interstellar Network of Planets

Could a megastructure help us start a conversation with an alien civilization?
March 26, 2018
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libraries

Bookplates Hold the Secrets to Books’ Past Lives

The mysterious marks owners leave in their books tell stories of their own.
March 22, 2018
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natural springs

On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain

Does a millennium-old manuscript hold the key to hidden, awe-inspiring places?
March 21, 2018
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spring

Welcoming Spring by Burning the Goddess of Winter

Traditions!
March 20, 2018
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volcanoes

A Volcano Helped Iceland Convert to Christianity

The 10th-century Eldgjá eruption looked a lot like the end of the world.
March 19, 2018
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language

Thomas Edison Was an Early Adopter of the Word ‘Bug’

In an 1878 letter, he uses the term to refer to a technological glitch.
March 16, 2018
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winter

No One Has Been Able to Visit Wisconsin's Spectacular Ice Caves This Year

Another winter has passed without a safe route.
March 15, 2018