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Mountain Trees Love Dust
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elemental

Mountain Trees Love Dust

A new study highlights how the nutrients in dust feed plants along the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
December 06, 2017
13 Wonderfully Specific Libraries Reveal Their Oldest Treasures
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manuscripts

13 Wonderfully Specific Libraries Reveal Their Oldest Treasures

We asked these unique libraries about their oldest holdings and got delightfully diverse answers.
December 06, 2017
Welcome to Interactive Fiction: You're a Wizard-Sniffing Pig
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interactive

Welcome to Interactive Fiction: You're a Wizard-Sniffing Pig

How text-based games are changing way we tell stories.
December 01, 2017
All the Names We Call the Moon
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in the news

All the Names We Call the Moon

A Supermoon is coming.
November 30, 2017
What's Left of America's Cold War Civil Defense System?
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in the news

What's Left of America's Cold War Civil Defense System?

Hawaii is testing its nuclear warning signal. How much other infrastructure is still ready for action?
November 29, 2017
The Festival That Soaks a Spanish Town With Rosemary-Scented Smoke
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parades

The Festival That Soaks a Spanish Town With Rosemary-Scented Smoke

A yearly procession commemorates a smallpox cure.
November 28, 2017
In 1507, This Map Used the Name 'America' for the First Time
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america

In 1507, This Map Used the Name 'America' for the First Time

Only five copies of this early map of the whole globe still exist, and one is now for sale in London.
November 27, 2017
New York Once Threw a Giant Parade to Celebrate a 1,600-Mile Cable
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telecommunications

New York Once Threw a Giant Parade to Celebrate a 1,600-Mile Cable

It was the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic.
November 22, 2017
Fancy Medieval Nobles Washed Their Hands With Bronze Lion-Shaped Vessels
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classic

Fancy Medieval Nobles Washed Their Hands With Bronze Lion-Shaped Vessels

Without forks, hand-washing at mealtime was extra important.
November 22, 2017
These Beautiful, Swirling Images Are Maps of Washington's Geology
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classic

These Beautiful, Swirling Images Are Maps of Washington's Geology

Lidar mapping reveals the land's secrets, usually hidden beneath thick forests.
November 21, 2017
The Artist Who Sees Vintage Medical Devices as Sculpture
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gallery

The Artist Who Sees Vintage Medical Devices as Sculpture

A Chicago gallery showcases haunting pieces of medical and dental history.
November 20, 2017
A Cold-War Museum Gets the Perfect New Home—an Empty Cold-War Armory
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place news

A Cold-War Museum Gets the Perfect New Home—an Empty Cold-War Armory

Culver City's Wende Museum is moving into what was once a secret military site.
November 16, 2017
When Did Humans Become a Burrowing Species?
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tunnels

When Did Humans Become a Burrowing Species?

Digging into our drive to tunnel, bore, and head underground.
November 16, 2017
A Remote Shetland Island Could Become a Spaceport
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future

A Remote Shetland Island Could Become a Spaceport

Unst's isolation is an asset for satellite launches. And it has a radar station.
November 15, 2017
One of America's Largest Collections of Memento Mori Is for Sale
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place news

One of America's Largest Collections of Memento Mori Is for Sale

Once held at the Museum of Mourning Art, more than 150 pieces will go to auction.
November 14, 2017
How an Amateur Astronomer Became One of History's Greatest Solar Observers
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astronomy

How an Amateur Astronomer Became One of History's Greatest Solar Observers

Hisako Koyama is finally getting scientific recognition for her decades of patience and precision.
November 08, 2017
The Reclaiming of the Shrew
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mummies

The Reclaiming of the Shrew

A biologist solves the mystery of two dozen missing animal mummies.
November 02, 2017
Found: A Large 'Void' Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza
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physics

Found: A Large 'Void' Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza

The tools of particle physics hint that there's still more to discover about one of the world's most famous monuments.
November 02, 2017
Found: A Rare Bodysnatching Fungus
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mushrooms

Found: A Rare Bodysnatching Fungus

The Powdercap Strangler is no joke.
October 31, 2017
Welcome to Your Worst Nightmares
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dreams

Welcome to Your Worst Nightmares

We asked you to tell us about them, and they are chilling.
October 30, 2017
Found: A Planet Where It Snows Sunscreen's Active Ingredient
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space

Found: A Planet Where It Snows Sunscreen's Active Ingredient

Only on the planet's dark side, though.
October 30, 2017
A Ghostly Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, Was Hidden for Centuries
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royalty

A Ghostly Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, Was Hidden for Centuries

An X-ray revealed the lost portrait.
October 27, 2017
Found: A Schoolgirl's Autograph Book From the 1930s
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antiques

Found: A Schoolgirl's Autograph Book From the 1930s

After finding the book at a yard sale, Keith Maynard tracked down the original owner's family.
October 27, 2017
The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries
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manuscripts

The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries

We asked some of our favorite libraries: What's the oldest item in your collection?
October 26, 2017