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chickens

Why All of Upstate New York Grew Up Eating the Same Barbecue Chicken

The true legacy of the Cornell professor who invented the chicken nugget.
May 26, 2019
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illuminated manuscripts

Medieval Jews Celebrated Passover With Bird-Human Hybrids

An illuminated manuscript interpreted the prohibition on graven images in a creative way.
April 18, 2019
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new species

A Rare and Striking Butterfly Is Named for a Pioneering Female Naturalist

Maria Sibylla Merian watched these beautiful insects more closely than anyone else of her time.
December 6, 2018
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seals

The Mysterious Phenomenon of Seals With Eels in Their Noses

The Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program found yet another pinniped with an unusual nasal inhabitant.
December 5, 2018
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booze

For Sale: Pre-Prohibition Whiskey, Once Hidden in a Vault Behind a Bookcase

Naturally!
December 3, 2018
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anthropocene

How Giant, Intelligent Snails Became a Marker of Our Age

Ages from now, giant snails could be one of the lasting signs of human influence on Earth.
November 29, 2018
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american revolution

In Its First Decades, The United States Nurtured Schoolgirl Mapmakers

Education for women and emerging nationhood, illustrated with care and charm.
November 28, 2018
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holocaust

Musical Arrangements Made at Auschwitz Have Been Uncovered in an Archive

Polish political prisoners played a song called “The Most Beautiful Time of Life" for the SS.
November 27, 2018
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thanksgiving

England, But New: How John Smith's 1616 Map Helped Define America

The name "New England" was like a colonial real estate ad.
November 20, 2018
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aliens

Is There Anybody Out There… Keeping Track of the Weird Stuff We Send Into Space?

A new catalogue attempts to figure out what we're telling the rest of the universe about ourselves.
November 19, 2018
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beaches

Found: Weapons From World War II, Uncovered by a Hurricane

A North Carolina beach had secrets from the 1940s buried deep in the sand.
November 19, 2018
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meteorites

A Massive Meteorite Crater Has Been Hiding Under Greenland's Ice

It ranks in the top 25 largest impact craters ever discovered.
November 15, 2018
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weather

The Sun Set Off 4,000 Sea Mines During the Vietnam War

Only now do scientists fully understand just how strong a 1972 solar storm was.
November 14, 2018
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cars

Why There's No Place Quite Like the American Garage

The garage is a symbol of suburbia, a site of rebellion, and a very strange room.
November 13, 2018
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railroads

Glimpses of Lost Railway Journeys of the Past

A new book collects 33 routes that went off the rails.
November 12, 2018
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biology

What in the World Was a Key-Footed Glyptodon?

It had a shell as big as a car.
November 9, 2018
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Ancient Celts Embalmed the Severed Heads of Their Enemies

New evidence backs up the stories that Greeks told about the fearsome Celtic tribes.
November 8, 2018
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telescopes

Where on Earth Can You Put a Giant Telescope?

Why astronomers keep putting them in the same places.
November 7, 2018
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law

What It Took to Get Impeached in the 14th Century

You basically had to sell a castle to the enemy.
November 7, 2018
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flowers

Found: A Lost Painting Collection of Florida Wildflowers

An amateur artist captured now-rare flowers in great detail.
November 5, 2018
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elections

Voting Booths Were a Radical 19th-Century Reform to Stop Election Fraud

An idea imported from Australia, they helped enable the "secret" part of secret ballots.
November 5, 2018
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ice

Exploring the Tragic Beauty of Greenland's Melting Ice Sheets

From above, the textured landscape can be almost abstract.
November 5, 2018
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birds

How Did the World's Smallest Flightless Bird Get to Inaccessible Island?

The first scientists to describe the animal thought it might have walked.
November 2, 2018
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physics

For Sale: An Invitation to Stephen Hawking’s Cocktail Party for Time Travelers

Please retain for the next thousand years or so.
November 2, 2018