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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 06, 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 05, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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booze

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

Naturally!
December 03, 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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 07, 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 05, 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 05, 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 05, 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 02, 2018
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for sale

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

Please retain for the next thousand years or so.
November 02, 2018
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propaganda

The Soviet Children's Books That Broke the Rules of Propaganda

How folk tales and traditional life snuck into avant-garde kids' books in the 1930s.
November 01, 2018
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grave week

4 Grave Secrets From New York's Past

In the spirit of Halloween, consider a tour of graveyards, memorials, and other places in touch with the afterlife.
October 30, 2018