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The Forgotten Black Pioneers Who Settled the Midwest
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The Forgotten Black Pioneers Who Settled the Midwest

Before the Civil War, free black settlements grew in the Northwest Territory.
June 14, 2018
Get Lost in a Cold Warrior's Illustrated Calendar History of the 1980s
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Get Lost in a Cold Warrior's Illustrated Calendar History of the 1980s

Find Reagan side-by-side with pagan holidays.
June 14, 2018
The Pioneering Mountain Climber and Skier Who Filmed Her Own Exploits
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The Pioneering Mountain Climber and Skier Who Filmed Her Own Exploits

Her work is now available as part of a project to digitize home movies made by women.
June 12, 2018
One District in Paris Is Creating a Map of Rat Sightings
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One District in Paris Is Creating a Map of Rat Sightings

The rodent map marks reports of animals both dead and alive.
June 12, 2018
Rediscovering Lost Literary Treasures of the American Midwest
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Rediscovering Lost Literary Treasures of the American Midwest

A small press is reviving forgotten—but newly relevant—writing about a complex region and its people.
June 08, 2018
The Mysterious Illness Affecting U.S. Diplomats in Cuba Has Spread to China
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The Mysterious Illness Affecting U.S. Diplomats in Cuba Has Spread to China

Scientists still haven’t figured out why or how the symptoms started.
June 07, 2018
The Impending Doom of the Largest Iceberg Anyone's Ever Measured
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The Impending Doom of the Largest Iceberg Anyone's Ever Measured

One of the last pieces of the chunk known as B-15 is cracking up.
June 06, 2018
Meet the Boosters Celebrating the World's Best Bollards
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Meet the Boosters Celebrating the World's Best Bollards

These pieces of infrastructure can be an unexpected source of delight.
June 05, 2018
Finding the Hidden Mountains Beneath Antarctica's Ice
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Finding the Hidden Mountains Beneath Antarctica's Ice

How researchers revealed the continent's undiscovered topography.
June 01, 2018
Europe's Oldest Tree Lives in Italy
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Europe's Oldest Tree Lives in Italy

At least, it's the oldest that's been scientifically dated.
May 31, 2018
Where Airplanes Go When They Die
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Where Airplanes Go When They Die

Under the right circumstances, it's possible to visit an aviation boneyard.
May 30, 2018
There Is a Whole World Inside Every Plant
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There Is a Whole World Inside Every Plant

Plants have microbiomes, too, and they're full of untapped secrets.
May 29, 2018
What Makes a Lava Lake Stick Around?
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What Makes a Lava Lake Stick Around?

There's one at Kīlauea.
May 25, 2018
How to See Lava Most Clearly
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How to See Lava Most Clearly

You'd think it would be simple enough to see bright-red molten rock.
May 22, 2018
The Tower of London's Ravens Can Be Dismissed for Bad Behavior
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The Tower of London's Ravens Can Be Dismissed for Bad Behavior

"Conduct unbecoming to Tower Residents" is not tolerated.
May 17, 2018
In England, Certain Royal Appointees Get to Carry Special Rods and Wands
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In England, Certain Royal Appointees Get to Carry Special Rods and Wands

They're all different colors, too.
May 16, 2018
Shedding New Light on the Mysteries of Antarctica's Long, Dark Winter
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Shedding New Light on the Mysteries of Antarctica's Long, Dark Winter

The continent's winter months present one of the most challenging—and surprising—research environments on Earth.
May 15, 2018
The Queen Uses a Special Silver Needle to Select High Sheriffs
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The Queen Uses a Special Silver Needle to Select High Sheriffs

This tradition includes a "pricking ceremony."
May 15, 2018
Why the Queen Owns All the Swans in England
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Why the Queen Owns All the Swans in England

Only wealthy landowners were allowed to feast on these royal fowl.
May 14, 2018
The Surprising History of Swimming's Suffragists
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The Surprising History of Swimming's Suffragists

To bring attention to their cause, these pioneering women had to get physical.
May 11, 2018
What a Spring Bloom Looks Like at Sea
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What a Spring Bloom Looks Like at Sea

Phytoplankton get busy.
May 08, 2018
Why Hawaiians Place Plants Before a Wall of Hot Lava
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Why Hawaiians Place Plants Before a Wall of Hot Lava

Ti leaves have long been thought to have powers of protection.
May 08, 2018
Plants Are Communicating With Each Other Using Underground Signals
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Plants Are Communicating With Each Other Using Underground Signals

A new report shows that touching one plant can affect the behavior of its neighbors.
May 02, 2018
How to Tell If You Have Spring Fever
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How to Tell If You Have Spring Fever

Symptoms include: listlessness and energy, laziness and glee.
May 01, 2018