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Podcast: Seven Keys Lodge

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Eating Like an Explorer Once Called for Plenty of ‘Portable Soup’

Sailors relied on the ration for centuries. When British explorer and Royal Navy captain James Cook set sail aboard the HMS Endeavour on August 26, 1768, for an expedition around the Pacific, he...

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Podcast: Friendship Park

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There Maybe Could Possibly Be a Treasure Buried Under Portland, Oregon

At least according to a hand-drawn map of mysterious origin. The archives of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library in Portland house many treasures—but only one honest-to-goodness treasure...

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Should Casablanca's Iconic Buildings Be Saved?

Yes, says a group of Moroccans preserving—and reclaiming—the French-designed cityscape. In downtown Casablanca, Morocco, next to the city’s new modern tram line and across from the white arcades of the...

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Puzzle Monday: Charting a Path Between Day and Night

Among our crosswords and other puzzles, we'll be featuring logic challenges from Puzzle Communication Nikoli, a cult-favorite puzzle publication from Japan. A PDF of the puzzle, as well as the...

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How a High School Teacher Changed Early 20th-Century Insect Science

Systemic racism kept him from a position in higher education—but it didn't stop Charles Henry Turner from rewriting our understanding of bees, ants, and cockroaches. This story was originally published...

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Podcast: Grace Hopper’s Bug

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Podcast: The Guy Who Sings

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A Caribbean ‘Cow’ Tooth Could Solve the Mystery of the Chincoteague Ponies

A surprise discovery from Haiti may finally reveal how some famous feral horses got to a distant barrier island. On the north coast of the island of Hispaniola, between rugged mountains and the...

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When Every Ketchup But One Went Extinct

The main casualty of the catsup war was flavor. Around 1900, G.F. Mason, manager of the H.J. Heinz Company’s research laboratory, conducted a series of experiments on ketchup. He tinkered with sugar,...

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Podcast: Tiwai Island

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The Heraldic Rebus, Born in Battle and Embraced by Tudor England, Lives on in...

Expressing your identity in a clever string of images was a thing long before emojis. Made of stone and set in a verdant churchyard lined with crooked tombstones, 13th-century St. Mary’s in Lidgate,...

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Deaf-Owned Restaurants Offer Cuisine and Community

Around the world, cafés and eateries are sharing Deaf culture. Imagine walking into a popular restaurant in a trendy neighborhood. Instead of hearing, "Good evening, how many in your party?" you are...

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Podcast: The Honey Island Swamp Monster

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What Can a Long-Forgotten Moth Tell Us About Climate Change?

The 149-year-old specimen is one of millions at Britain's Natural History Museum. There aren’t a lot of surprises in the work of digitizing the more than 10 million moths and butterflies at the Natural...

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The Indigenous Origins of the Maine Lobster Bake

Indigenous writer, artist, and activist Ann Pollard Ranco holds a Wabanaki-led lobster bake to explore the provenance of an iconic Maine feast. One recent summer afternoon, I went for a sail with...

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This Historic Boozy, Fruity Preserve Is a Celebration of Summer

At a time when preserving produce was essential, tutti frutti jars ensured no bit of fruit went to waste. A 1908 cookbook declared the ingredient “a rich filling for tarts and pies.” In 1909, the...

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