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telephones

The Last Public Payphone Kiosk on the Streets of New York

How the once-ubiquitous convenience became a rare museum piece.
July 26, 2022
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secret society

The 19th-Century Secret Society Preserving the History of the West

The irreverent, all-male E Clampus Vitus commemorates overlooked people and events.
June 29, 2022
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falconry

The Birds of Prey That Stand Guard Over California's Vineyards

Without them, the state's lucrative wine grape crop could be gobbled up by smaller birds.
June 23, 2022
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botany

How the 'First Lady of Seaweed' Changed Science

Isabella Abbott, the first native Hawaiian woman to earn a doctorate in science, rewrote the book on her beloved limu.
March 11, 2022
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citizen science

Can Citizen Scientists Prevent Another Pacific Newt Massacre?

Cars are annihilating the tiny amphibians.
January 11, 2022
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livestock

Can the Mighty Bankhar Dogs of Mongolia Save the Steppe?

These ancient guardians of the traditional nomadic way of life are making a comeback.
February 23, 2021
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hygiene

A Brief History of TP, From Silk Road Hygiene to Pandemic Hoarding

An author's end-game expertise has never been more timely.
May 8, 2020
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blue

What the Color 'Haint Blue' Means to the Descendants of Enslaved Africans

In the Lowcountry, the unique shade is both protective talisman and source of unspeakable suffering.
January 14, 2020
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treasure

S.F. Marks the Spot for Buried Treasure

A fantasy author's 37-year-old cache may soon be unearthed in one of the city's 220 parks. But which one?
September 20, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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The 1970s Movement to Reclaim Pretzels for God

"Pretzels for God" even took as its patron the first Native American saint.
February 28, 2019
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children

How Deaf Children in Nicaragua Created a New Language

It happened on the playground.
July 13, 2018