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grave week

Here Lies E. Coli

There's a bunch of gross stuff, besides human bodies, hiding under graveyards.
October 22, 2018
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writing

How Writers Map Their Imaginary Worlds

A new book collects fantastic literary geographies.
October 22, 2018
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music

L.A.'s Most Derided Piece of Public Art Is About to Light Up Again

Reviving the Triforium.
October 18, 2018
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anarchy

What It Takes to Build an Anarchist Desert Town

Slab City might be the "last free place," but that freedom requires work.
October 17, 2018
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vikings

Found: A Rare Viking Boat Buried in a Flat Field

The whole place was once a monumental graveyard.
October 16, 2018
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education

Maps Have the Power to Shape History

A groundbreaking female cartographer charted the evolution of the United States—and the dispossession of Native Americans.
October 15, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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war

Margarine Once Contained a Whole Lot More Whale

And helped launch a corporation now worth more than $40 billion.
October 11, 2018
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recursive places

What Do You Call a Moon's Moon?

The inexplicable delight of moon-moons, sub-islands, and other recursive places.
October 10, 2018
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indigenous

In Spanish America, Cartographers Hand-Drew Maps Inspired by Printed Ones

These hybrid productions are unique in mapmaking.
October 09, 2018
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physics

Watch Astronauts From the 1970s Geek Out With Gyroscopes

Why are these devices so important to spacecraft?
October 09, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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poison

All the Very Bad Ways That Castor Seeds Have Been Used

Not only does it taste gross, but castor oil was used as an instrument of political control for years.
October 04, 2018
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greenhouses

The Century-Long Scientific Journey of the Affordable Grocery Store Orchid

Orchids were once considered the world’s most difficult and exotic flowers. So why can you buy one for $12.99 at Trader Joe’s?
October 02, 2018
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physics

The Last Woman to Win a Nobel Prize in Physics Did the Work Without Being Paid

Maria Goeppert Mayer was relegated to unpaid and "volunteer" positions for most of her academic career.
October 02, 2018
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underground

A New Purpose for Sydney's Unfinished Train Tunnels

They will be transformed into an underground entertainment space.
October 01, 2018
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disasters

Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park Is Open Again

But the famous lava lake atop Kīlauea has disappeared.
September 24, 2018
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nazis

The Nazis Tried and Failed to Build the World’s Largest Stadium

The remains of the giant test model are now overgrown on a hillside near Nuremberg.
September 21, 2018
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infrastructure

Cuba's National Art Schools Are an Unfinished Masterpiece

The designs fell out of favor before construction was completed.
September 20, 2018
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bridges

A Highway in Cape Town Has Been Left Half-Finished for 40 Years

The spans just stop, mid-air.
September 19, 2018
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tesla

Nikola Tesla Built a Giant Tower to Send Wireless Electricity Around the World

Ultimately, things didn't go as he had planned.
September 18, 2018
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shorts

The Nuclear Power Plant in Crimea That Chernobyl Stopped Dead

It has had a second life as a photogenic, atmospheric ruin.
September 17, 2018
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signs

Winnipeg Doesn’t Know Who Erected This Amazing Sign on a Landfill-Turned-Park

It looked like the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles.
September 11, 2018
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conspiracy theories

The Denver Airport Has the Best Public Service Announcements Ever

Conspiracy or construction?
September 05, 2018
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fires

Students Are Collecting Photos to Remember Brazil’s Destroyed National Museum

After a fire tore through the institution, visitors' images have become an informal archive of its collections.
September 04, 2018
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ghosts

All It Takes to Create a Ghost Is a Good Story

A tale of two bars in Portland, Oregon.
August 31, 2018