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feminism

The Forgotten History of the Controversial Sister Serpents

A feminist art collective stirred up trouble in the 1990s before fading from view.
March 14, 2018
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alchemy

Sold: Isaac Newton's Notes on the Philosopher's Stone

The famous physicist's interest in alchemy was hidden until the 1930s.
March 13, 2018
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bookstores

Book Towns Are Made for Book Lovers

Around the world, tiny towns have made bookstores their speciality.
March 12, 2018
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islands week

The Unique 'Sea Tractor' That Carries Passengers Over the Waves

When the tide comes in, this unusual vehicle brings visitors to Burgh Island in England.
March 9, 2018
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islands week

After the Last Great Auks Died, We Lost Their Remains

Before they went extinct, great auks were some of the world's most fascinating creatures.
March 8, 2018
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superfund site

The Hidden Problems With Puerto Rico's Water Supply

Hurricane Maria exacerbated long-term issues, and researchers are only just starting to understand how.
March 5, 2018
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oddities

The Struggle of Keeping a Roadside Attraction Alive

After the death of its founder, the future of Wild Bill's Nostalgia is cloudy.
March 1, 2018
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climate change

A 10-Foot Long, 11,000-Year-Old Sponge Skeleton Has a Hidden Use

The "sponge record" can tell scientists about the climate of the past.
March 1, 2018
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cars

An 1888 Road Trip Sparked Germany's Romance With Cars

But now diesel models, at least, could be banned in city centers.
February 28, 2018
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manuscripts

What a Chart of Urine Tells Us About the History of Color Printing

A 1506 medical text included a diagnostic guide, but it was best used with caution.
February 27, 2018
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archive

An Incredible Collection of Marian Anderson's Life Is Getting Digitized

The famous singer's archive includes performances, diaries, and scrapbooks.
February 26, 2018
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weather

The Mystery of the Fog Holes That Form Over Cities

Satellites captured a strange phenomenon in foggy places across the world.
February 23, 2018
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ice

America's Secret Ice Base Won't Stay Frozen Forever

Climate change is turning a Cold War project into an environmental hazard.
February 22, 2018
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conspiracy theories

Russia's Most Popular Conspiracy Theory Is All But Unknown in the U.S.

It implicates American intelligence in undermining Russian culture.
February 20, 2018
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evolution

Reimagining How Plants Began to Take Over the Planet

A series of studies takes a new look at the evolution of early land plants.
February 19, 2018
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snow

What Are Snow Rollers?

Understanding a rare phenomenon.
February 15, 2018
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books

The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books

Atlas Obscura readers shared hundreds of stories about their surprising discoveries.
February 15, 2018
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nasa

How to Find the Tesla Roadster in the Sky

NASA has listed the car as a celestial object.
February 9, 2018
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codes

Where Old, Unreadable Documents Go to Be Understood

A transcriber on the Isle of Man can decipher almost anything.
February 8, 2018
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show & tell

Tell Us About the Most Amazing Things You've Found in Old Books

What fascinating artifacts have you discovered while reading?
February 7, 2018
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parades

Find the Goat in This U.S. Military Parade

In 1898, Thomas Edison Inc. filmed 300 Marines, the Marine band, and one ruminant on the march.
February 7, 2018
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furniture

What Happened to the First Chair Grown From Living Trees?

On the hunt for a pioneering piece of furniture.
February 6, 2018
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mushrooms

Washington Could Get an Official State Mushroom

A bill would enshrine American matsutake as one of a few fungal symbols in the U.S.
February 5, 2018
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neon

See the Vintage Neon Signs of Las Vegas, Reanimated

These beacons are broken, and yet it's now possible to see what they once would have looked like.
February 2, 2018