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The Most Beautiful Part of a Taiko Drum is Hidden Inside It

The President of Asano Taiko carves the interior of a large nagadō-daiko. (Photo: Asano Taiko)When Katsuji Asano stretches the fresh cowhide over a coffee-colored lacquered taiko drum, he is performing...

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India to Break a Record by Sending 22 Satellites Into Space on a Single Rocket

India plans to put 22 satellites into space on a single rocket https://t.co/pEIiyHB0PSpic.twitter.com/iKvnbiTpyE— Bloomberg (@business) June 16, 2016In four days, India will try to set a new record, by...

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There’s a Huge UFO Archive Hiding in These Swedish Apartment Cellars

A little green alien on Tobias Lindgren's desk at the Archives for the Unexplained. (All Photos: Courtesy Clas Svahn/Archives for the Unexplained)The industrial Swedish town of Norrköping, nestled...

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The Hidden Gardens Producing Peaches Outside of Paris

(All photos by Anna Brones)A version of this story was originally published in Makeshift magazine.Before the era of urban sprawl, the outskirts of Paris were ripe with orchards. Hundreds of hectares...

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The D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths Is Famous. But What About Their Forgotten...

An illustration of Buffalo Bill. (All images by the D'Aulaires, and courtesy of Rea Berg and Beautiful Feet Books. Original D'Aulaire art, sketches, and lithograph stones are held by the Beinecke Rare...

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Take a Virtual Vacation to the Beaches and Pools of New York City

Tobias Hutzler, McCarren Pool, New York, 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Tobias Hutzler)A hot summer day in New York City is like no other. The temperature can push towards 100 degrees and there's no words,...

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America's First Woman Baseball Writer Broke Glass Ceilings Without A Bat

Fans at the World Series in 1916. A quarter century earlier, Ella Black opened doors for baseball-loving women everywhere. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-ggbain-22957)On May 21, 1890, as she did on...

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10 Adorable Bronze Animal Statues That You Will Want To Hug

Daaaaaaaawwwww... (Photo: Taras Young/CC BY-SA 4.0)Hard bronze statues don't often inspire warm, cuddly feelings, but some of them are just so damn cute, you can't help but want to give them a hug....

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Found: A Sketchbook of Van Gogh’s Drawings

Van Gogh's study of hands. (Image: Vincent Van Gogh/Public domain)A publisher in Paris has announced that it will publish a set of Vincent Van Gogh’s sketches, only recently discovered and never before...

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A Mysterious Plague Doctor Is Haunting This English Town

My #mission to find this #plague#doctor that been knocking about round #chester and find out #wtf it is hah #human? pic.twitter.com/4NmDcmfix4— Chanelle Star (@ChanelleStar86) June 16, 2016The English...

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Bolivia Doesn't Want Thousands of Chickens from Bill Gates

There's no home for you here. (Photo: Tom Coppen/CC BY 2.0)Earlier this month, the Gates Foundation and Heifer International announced a new antipoverty initiative. The campaign, which they're calling...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Emeryville Shellmound

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Watch a Street Food Master Flip Buns in China

Street food vendors around the world are artisans in their own right, becoming masters of the dish that they prepare so many times a day. Often, this means that they pick up technical skills along the...

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The Weird and Very Long History of State Liquor Laws

(Photo: Tripp/CC BY 2.0)This week, Pennsylvania enacted its biggest liquor law reform since Prohibition, which will soon enable its residents to, among other things, get wine directly shipped to their...

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The Rare, Dangerous Mission to Rescue Workers at the South Pole

A Twin Otter plane flies from the South Pole after a 2003 rescue mission. (Photo: Jason Medley, NSF)The South Pole, this time of year, is in the height of winter. But that doesn't mean operations at...

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See the Future at The Creators Project and the All-new Prius Future Forward...

A snapshot of Drift, a kinetic chandelier featured in Future Forward. (Photo: Vice Media)Where is the balance between human and machine—and how can it be captured by art?That's the question driving the...

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The Alarmed Emails Residents Sent Over the Island for Rattlesnakes

(Photo: Tigerhawkvok/CC BY-SA 3.0)A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife drew international attention for a...

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In Indonesia, Non-Binary Gender is a Centuries-Old Idea

Bissu attending an Indonesian wedding. (Photo: Sharyn Davies/CC-BY-2.0)This week, an Oregon judge ruled to allow Jamie Shupe, a 52-year-old former Army mechanic, to list themselves as non-binary—that...

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A Surprising Fact About Medieval Europeans: They Recycled

Two leaves from The Mirror of Human Salvation. These pages were reused as a wrapper for a book at some later time. The ghosting of the book it adorned can still be seen in the dark, abraded portion...

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Learn a New Climate Change Phrase: 'Heat Dome'

 An extreme heat warning in Death Valley. (Photo: Graeme Maclean/CC-BY-2.0)If you’re in the American Southwest, you’re probably already aware that your weekend has been dominated by what may become a...

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