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Go Medieval by Attaching a Book to Your Belt
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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
Why Antarctica's Prehistoric Forests Might Foreshadow Its Future
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prehistoric

Why Antarctica's Prehistoric Forests Might Foreshadow Its Future

Hidden on the frozen continent are clues to its greener past.
April 03, 2018
The Strange Magic of Forest Thaw Circles
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The Strange Magic of Forest Thaw Circles

As snow melts, a mysterious pattern appears around tree trunks.
April 03, 2018
Watch a Single Snowflake Melt
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spring

Watch a Single Snowflake Melt

A 3D model shows how snow transforms into water.
March 30, 2018
The Lost Tradition of Playing Ball in Church to Celebrate Easter
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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
The First U.S. Census Asked Just Four Questions
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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
It's Soul-Crushing, But Don't Take the DMV for Granted
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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
How to Create an Interstellar Network of Planets
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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
Bookplates Hold the Secrets to Books’ Past Lives
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books

Bookplates Hold the Secrets to Books’ Past Lives

The mysterious marks owners leave in their books tell stories of their own.
March 22, 2018
On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain
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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
Welcoming Spring by Burning the Goddess of Winter
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paganism

Welcoming Spring by Burning the Goddess of Winter

Traditions!
March 20, 2018
A Volcano Helped Iceland Convert to Christianity
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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
Thomas Edison Was an Early Adopter of the Word ‘Bug’
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inventions

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
No One Has Been Able to Visit Wisconsin's Spectacular Ice Caves This Year
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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
The Forgotten History of the Controversial Sister Serpents
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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
Sold: Isaac Newton's Notes on the Philosopher's Stone
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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
Book Towns Are Made for Book Lovers
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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
The Unique 'Sea Tractor' That Carries Passengers Over the Waves
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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 09, 2018
After the Last Great Auks Died, We Lost Their Remains
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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 08, 2018
The Hidden Problems With Puerto Rico's Water Supply
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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 05, 2018
The Struggle of Keeping a Roadside Attraction Alive
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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 01, 2018
A 10-Foot Long, 11,000-Year-Old Sponge Skeleton Has a Hidden Use
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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 01, 2018
An 1888 Road Trip Sparked Germany's Romance With Cars
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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
What a Chart of Urine Tells Us About the History of Color Printing
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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