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Every Easter, a Sicilian Town Builds a Cathedral out of Bread
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Every Easter, a Sicilian Town Builds a Cathedral out of Bread

It's a competitive team sport.
March 30, 2018
What Is It Like to Live Alone on an Island for 30 Years?
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What Is It Like to Live Alone on an Island for 30 Years?

Mauro Morandi has been the sole resident of Budelli, Italy, for decades, but that time may be coming to an end.
March 06, 2018
Found: A Secret Penguin Supercolony in Antarctica’s Danger Islands
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Found: A Secret Penguin Supercolony in Antarctica’s Danger Islands

Good news for the future of Adélie penguins.
March 02, 2018
Found: Details of Picasso's Plan for His Most Massive Work of Art
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Found: Details of Picasso's Plan for His Most Massive Work of Art

"Bust of a Woman" would have soared 100 feet over Tampa.
March 01, 2018
Found: The Earliest Depiction of Breast Cancer, in Renaissance Paintings
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Found: The Earliest Depiction of Breast Cancer, in Renaissance Paintings

The disease may have been relatively common in the 16th century.
February 28, 2018
Found: A 5.5-Million-Year-Old Ancestor of the Red-Eared Slider
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Found: A 5.5-Million-Year-Old Ancestor of the Red-Eared Slider

The ancient relative of a popular (but invasive) pet.
February 27, 2018
Found: A 700-Year-Old Ring Adorned With St. Nicholas
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Found: A 700-Year-Old Ring Adorned With St. Nicholas

It was probably lost by a medieval pilgrim on his way to the Holy Land.
February 26, 2018
Found: A Rich Collection of Triassic Fossils at Bears Ears
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Found: A Rich Collection of Triassic Fossils at Bears Ears

Another wonder from a wild place now left unprotected.
February 23, 2018
Documenting the Beauty of Italy's Abandoned Villas
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Documenting the Beauty of Italy's Abandoned Villas

The photographer Eleonora Costi spent the last four years tracking down her country's crumbling treasures.
February 22, 2018
These Marine Bacteria Can Change Their Colors in Different Types of Light
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These Marine Bacteria Can Change Their Colors in Different Types of Light

One researcher called them "planktonic chameleons."
February 22, 2018
Found: A New Species of Shark
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Found: A New Species of Shark

New research shows that Atlantic sixgills are distinct from their Indo-Pacific cousins.
February 21, 2018
Found: A Pair of Boxing Gloves From 2,000 Years Ago
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Found: A Pair of Boxing Gloves From 2,000 Years Ago

The leather items are considered to be the only surviving examples from the Roman era.
February 20, 2018
Found: A Hidden Painting Underneath a Picasso
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Found: A Hidden Painting Underneath a Picasso

The Spanish master painted his 1902 masterpiece "The Crouching Woman" over a landscape composition.
February 19, 2018
Found: 19th-Century Champagne Bottles in a Collapsed Cellar
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Found: 19th-Century Champagne Bottles in a Collapsed Cellar

"They’ll definitely be tasted, but we’re taking our time.”
February 16, 2018
Found: Eggs From a Butterfly Last Seen in Scotland 130 Years Ago
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Found: Eggs From a Butterfly Last Seen in Scotland 130 Years Ago

The white-letter hairstreak has been creeping north with warming temperatures.
February 15, 2018
Found: An Ancient, Watery Grave in Sweden
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Found: An Ancient, Watery Grave in Sweden

Why were these Mesolithic skulls mounted on stakes?
February 14, 2018
Found: Neolithic Spiderweb Stones in Denmark
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Found: Neolithic Spiderweb Stones in Denmark

They may have more to do with the sun than with arachnids.
February 13, 2018
Are China’s Days of Hot Drinking Water Over?
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Are China’s Days of Hot Drinking Water Over?

Bottled water or thermos—pick a side.
February 13, 2018
Found: The Fastest-Spinning Animal in the World
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Found: The Fastest-Spinning Animal in the World

Flattie spiders can do the equivalent of a triple axel in the blink of an eye.
February 12, 2018
Found: A Natural Egg-Incubator in the Deep Ocean
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Found: A Natural Egg-Incubator in the Deep Ocean

Who knew hydrothermal vents make such great nurseries?
February 09, 2018
Found: A Plant Bonanza Hidden in China's Caves
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Found: A Plant Bonanza Hidden in China's Caves

They may have served as a refuge for some species when the area was deforested.
February 08, 2018
Found: Fire-Shaped Wooden Tools Used by Neanderthals
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Found: Fire-Shaped Wooden Tools Used by Neanderthals

It's rare that wood survives for 170,000 years.
February 07, 2018
Found: An Unknown Language Spoken in a Single Malaysian Village
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Found: An Unknown Language Spoken in a Single Malaysian Village

It has no words for ownership and lots of ways to talk about sharing.
February 06, 2018
Found: First Evidence of Planets Outside the Milky Way
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Found: First Evidence of Planets Outside the Milky Way

3.8 billion light-years is really, really far away.
February 05, 2018