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These Vibrant Maps Reveal the World's Hidden Geographies
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map monday

These Vibrant Maps Reveal the World's Hidden Geographies

One man's journey from GIS specialist to artist.
January 22, 2018
A Burst Pipe Ruined Original Stephen King Manuscripts
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floods

A Burst Pipe Ruined Original Stephen King Manuscripts

Gerald Winters's bookstore in Bangor, Maine, specializes in rare editions and type-written drafts.
January 18, 2018
The Museum That Keeps Now-Obscure Confederate Flags
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The Museum That Keeps Now-Obscure Confederate Flags

Beyond the "Southern Cross," there are dozens of symbols of the Confederacy.
January 17, 2018
This Australian Art Museum Is Filled With Giant Skulls
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This Australian Art Museum Is Filled With Giant Skulls

Sculptor Ron Mueck's work echoes the use of skulls in Western art history.
January 16, 2018
The Oldest Object in England's Crown Jewels Is a Spoon
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The Oldest Object in England's Crown Jewels Is a Spoon

Most of the coronation regalia were destroyed in the 17th century, but the anointing spoon survived.
January 15, 2018
Medieval Times Is Now Ruled by a Queen
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Medieval Times Is Now Ruled by a Queen

Usually medieval queens were regents, but this fictional character rules independently.
January 12, 2018
The Unlikely Survival of Bees in the Arctic
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evolution

The Unlikely Survival of Bees in the Arctic

A new species has been identified in an archipelago once used for Soviet nuclear testing.
January 11, 2018
Here's How Long It Takes to Reach a City From Every Place on Earth
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cities

Here's How Long It Takes to Reach a City From Every Place on Earth

A new map measures accessibility to the world's cities.
January 10, 2018
The British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India
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colonialism

The British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India

This quixotic colonial barrier was meant to enforce taxes.
January 09, 2018
Rescuing the Letterpress Art Made for Movie Ads
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film

Rescuing the Letterpress Art Made for Movie Ads

A documentary captures two Nebraskans' work to preserve a unique collection.
January 08, 2018
How Space Stations Die
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space

How Space Stations Die

In March, China's first space station is going to fall to Earth in a fiery ball.
January 05, 2018
Why We Call Winter Storms 'Weather Bombs'
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war

Why We Call Winter Storms 'Weather Bombs'

The "bomb cyclone" is a linguistic specter from the 1940s that's gaining power in 2018.
January 03, 2018
It's Ice Ball Season
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ice

It's Ice Ball Season

Winter cold means sightings of strange spheres on lake shores.
January 02, 2018
The New Year's Feast That Transformed Fools Into Popes and Kings
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tradition

The New Year's Feast That Transformed Fools Into Popes and Kings

In medieval churches, hierarchy was inverted for a day.
December 29, 2017
What 2017 Was Like for the World's Oldest Trees
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the year in wonder

What 2017 Was Like for the World's Oldest Trees

The past 12 months, contemplated in tree time.
December 28, 2017
Wild Poinsettias Can Grow 8 Feet Tall
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agriculture

Wild Poinsettias Can Grow 8 Feet Tall

A diplomat, a scientist, and a farmer tamed the blazing red plant into a commercial juggernaut.
December 21, 2017
The Mystery of Maine's Viking Penny
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vikings

The Mystery of Maine's Viking Penny

The coin is the real deal, but how did it get all the way from Norway?
December 21, 2017
Who Steals a Bollard?
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shorts

Who Steals a Bollard?

An Irish pub reports that a woman pulled a steel bollard right out of the ground.
December 15, 2017
A Short History of Tree Shaping
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treehouses

A Short History of Tree Shaping

People have long tried to bend trees to their will, for both practical and aesthetic reasons.
December 13, 2017
Once a Forbidden Tradition, Mummering in Newfoundland Is Alive and Well
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parades

Once a Forbidden Tradition, Mummering in Newfoundland Is Alive and Well

See the creative costumes that mummers in St. John's wore this year.
December 13, 2017
A Forest of Furniture Is Growing in England
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agriculture

A Forest of Furniture Is Growing in England

A decade-long plan is finally approaching fruition.
December 13, 2017
New Research Suggests Solar Storms Don't Lead Whales Astray
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shorts

New Research Suggests Solar Storms Don't Lead Whales Astray

Whatever is causing whales to strand themselves on shore, it's likely a more complicated cocktail of factors.
December 11, 2017
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