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Find The Police Robots Near You With This Handy Map

A member of the US Capitol Police maneuvers a bomb disposal robot through Washington D.C. (Photo: Jay Tamboli/CC BY 2.0) Earlier this month, a robot normally used to defuse bombs made a strange kind of...

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The Joy of Pronking

Eadweard Muybridge's study of a deer in motion. (Photo: Wellcome Trust V0048764/CC BY 4.0)The other day, I was driving along a road in upstate New York when I saw a deer. This isn’t an unusual sight in...

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A Stranger (Apparently) Left a Crocodile in This Teen's Bathroom

HOLY SHIT! THERE'S A SNAPPER IN MY CRAPPER! https://t.co/tCEOhC8EaY— The NT News (@TheNTNews) July 25, 2016According to an amazingly-headlined story over on the NT News, a pair of roommates in the...

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Brave Tortoise Escaping Deadly Sand Fire Fled 'as Quickly as He Could'

Tortoise manages to escape raging #SandFire, found by officials fleeing as fast as he could https://t.co/CoCva0wbMLpic.twitter.com/wshYuP35Zv— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 24, 2016Since Friday...

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Found: Evidence That Cat-Sized 'Rat-Kangaroos' Once Hopped the Earth

Part of the skull of an ancient rat-kangaroo. (Photo: Museum of Western Australia)In northeastern Australia, archaeologists have discovered the teeth and bones belonging to two perviously unknown...

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This Century-Old Map Details the Path to Musical Success

Theodore Presser's how-to guide for musical success. (Photo: PJ Mode Collection at Cornell's Digital Library/CC BY-SA 3.0)When it comes to finding success, practice does really make perfect.That’s the...

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Watch These Death-Defying Mexican Dancers Fly

In the Mexican state of Veracruz, men climb a 100-foot pole to ask the gods to end drought in a death-defying, 450-year-old tradition known as Danza de los Voladores or Dance of the Flyers. In this...

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Underwater Establishments Where You Can Sleep and Eat With the Fishes

Sleeping with the fishes in an underwater room. (Photo: Kwanini, The Manta Resort)Sometimes you just want to get away. Like really away. Like "bottom of the ocean" away.Maybe you want to submerge for a...

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The Libertarian Economic Theory That Might Be Secretly Driving Pokémon Go

Finding Pokémon at the observation point of Zion National Park, Utah. (Photo: Tydence Davis/CC BY 2.0)A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the...

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Google Just Accurately Simulated a Molecule With Quantum Computing

The Space Shuttle's main thruster burning hydrogen. (Photo: Public domain)Quantum computing is the future of computing, and, like traditional computing, can get pretty complicated. But one of its chief...

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The First Democratic Convention on Live TV Was the Last Not to be...

The 1948 presidential campaign, which would later result in one of the most famously wrong newspaper headlines in American history, was complicated. For the first time ever, three candidates—Democrat...

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Found: Nodes in an Anonymity-Protecting Network That Are Actually Spying on...

For people concerned about shielding their internet activity from the many data-gathering spots on the internet, the Tor network has long been a go-to tool. The network routes a user’s activity through...

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How a 4-Year-Old's Letter to His Father Survived the Civil War

Precious scrawls and squiggles. (Photo: David Plotz)At first glance, it’s hard to see why New York's Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History would hold the above letter in its collection. The...

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Watch These Floppy Drives Play a Famous Power Metal Song

Some complain about the expanding role of technology in our lives. This time, it’s music to our ears.In this video, a coordinated and synchronized orchestra of eight floppy disk drives plays “Through...

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Secret Service Rules Are Causing Traffic Jams in Philadelphia

95 NB approaching PHL coming to grinding halt with Police Checkpoint up ahead pic.twitter.com/nyn0kiOgYw— Bob Kelly (@bobkellytraffic) July 25, 2016It's a highway commuter's morning nightmare—lines of...

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The Miseducation of John Muir

John Muir, c. 1875. (Photo: Fotosearch/Stringer/Getty Images)It’s quite possible that America’s future was changed on the evening of March 6, 1867, in a factory that manufactured carriage parts in the...

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10 Dark Towers That Once Made The World's Bullets

From bullets to ballet, this old shot tower is being put to good use. (Photo: Stephan Bain/CC BY-SA 3.0)Who knew munitions factories could be so lovely?The little metal shot balls that were once the...

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Dutch Men and Latvian Women Are the Tallest in the World

The Dutch pitcher Loek van Mil, who, at 7'1", is the tallest player in professional baseball. (Photo: Eargus/CC BY-SA 4.0)Men and women, for decades, have only been getting taller, growing by several...

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Beach-Goers Write 'Beware Shark' Into Massachusetts Beach as Warning

'Beware shark:' Unconfirmed shark sighting reported in Duxbury https://t.co/CoalLRopnQpic.twitter.com/Be9DCIZ2VT— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) July 26, 2016In a summer filled with one of the most oppressive...

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The Scandalous Zines of Renaissance England

An image from Curiosities of Street Literature, 1871. (Photo: Public Domain) A series of brutal murders took place in 1635, and news of this quickly spread across England. Single incendiary sheets of...

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