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Meet Miracle, a 3-Week-Old Disabled Piglet Who Walks on 2 Legs

On the last day of August, farmer Ari Smith of Colorado Springs watched as a sow named Babe gave birth to a litter of six. As the piglets tumbled out, she noticed that one of them wasn't like the...

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America’s Short, Violent Love Affair With Indoor Track Cycling

Madison Square Garden during the six-day bike race, c. 1900. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-ggbain-01531)Imagine a dystopian scenario. You fall into a coma and wake up 50 years from today. Among...

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Proteins Preserved on 3.8 Million-Year-Old Eggshell Are a Portal to 'Deep Time'

The Olduvai Gorge, where the eggshells were found. (Photo: Noel Feans/CC BY 2.0)There's a scale at which time stops making instinctive sense. What we call "ancient" civilizations existed just a few...

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Watch This Machine Dip an Endless Line of Apples Through Caramel

Fall is here, and farms are bustling with apple pickers. But at some candy and caramel apple factories, the sweet, crisp fruit comes in boxes year-round.In the video above, apples are stabbed, dangled...

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The Mystical Early Pennsylvania Settler Who Lived in a Cave

Wissahickon Creek, Pennsylvania. Johannes Kelpius' cave was located near Wissahickon. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-ppmsca-24881)In the mid-17th century a religious mystic, seeker, and occultist...

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Watch A Meteor Light Up the Sky in Australia, Before Crashing to Earth

‘Big as hell’ meteor crashes into sea off Australian coast (VIDEO) https://t.co/KaSt0YzKLxpic.twitter.com/UYd53RMYO8— RT (@RT_com) September 27, 2016Late in the evening on Monday, a bright flash lit up...

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You Can Now Listen to the First Computer-Generated Music Ever

Alan Turing at age 16. (Photo: Public domain)Alan Turing is best known for being one of a team of codebreakers who cracked Germany's Enigma machines during World War II, which shortened the war by as...

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8 Alien Landscapes Where You Can Visit Mars on Earth

SpaceX’s Elon Musk is certain that humans can travel to Mars. In his plan for Mars colonization, revealed today, the entrepreneur said it will take between 40 and 100 years to create a self-sustaining...

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How Different Is Elon Musk's Plan From Mars Colony Visions of the Past?

A dust storm on Mars. (Image: Ren Wicks/NASA/JPL-Caltech)In 2016, this is what one vision of sending humans to Mars looks like:At the 67th International Astronautical Congress, in Guadalajara, Mexico,...

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This Map Plots the Geocoordinates You May Have Accidentally Left Behind in...

The internet is an ocean of digital photos. With the ease of smartphone cameras, people snap endless numbers of pictures of their food, dogs, cats, kids, clothes, travels and everyday experiences. More...

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Mesmerizing Photos of Abandoned Structures in the High Arctic

High above Norway, in the cold depths of the Arctic Ocean, lies the Svalbard archipelago. Located some 650 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of long, dark winters and breathtaking...

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Ask Zardulu: Why is the Earth Dying?

(All illustrations by Matt Lubchansky)Welcome to the second installment of Atlas Obscura's new advice column, Ask Zardulu. If you have a life, love, money, family, spiritual, moral or myth-based...

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Two Dudes Broke Into An Aquarium And Freed A Penguin Named Buddy

An actually wild African penguin. (Photo: Paul Mannix/CC BY 2.0)On certain Wednesday mornings, we must contend with questions. Which is better: the new or the old? Risk or acceptance? A life of...

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What's This Strange Patch in the Australian Desert?

A light patch in the Western Australian desert. (Photo: NASA Earth Observatory)Back in November 2015, the Landsat 8 satellite passed over Western Australia's Gibson Desert and captured the image above....

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We're Sequencing Every Member Of The Weirdest Bird Species On Earth

A kākāpō chows down on some berries. (Photo: Chris Birmingham/CC BY 2.0)Getting endangered animals to reproduce can be a long, slow slog, full of turkey basters and hand puppets. But scientists have a...

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An Entire State in Australia Lost Power Following Most Powerful Storm in Decades

(Photo: Australia Bureau of Meteorology)A massive storm—possibly the biggest in over 50 years—swept through South Australia on Wednesday, with lightning striking the country over 21,000 times and...

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Watch an Impromptu Medieval Icelandic Hymn Sung in a Modern Train Station

Imagine making your commute home, bracing yourself for the human tsunami that is sure to greet you when cutting through a busy train station. Only this time, instead of the din of a bustling crowd,...

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The Ballad of Lucille Mulhall, America's Original Cowgirl

At a Rough Riders reunion in Oklahoma City in 1900, Theodore Roosevelt watched as the 14-year-old girl galloped her horse, swinging a lasso overhead. When she roped around a running steer, she beat...

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The Complaints the FTC Received Over Pokémon Go

(Photo: Eduardo Woo/CC BY-SA 2.0)A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.FTC complaints released to Robert Delaware regarding the uber-popular augmented reality game Pokemon GO run...

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Found: A Hand-Drawn Map of Detroit from 1790

Ah, Detroit. (Photo: Courtesy of the William L. Clements Library) Detroit just ain’t what it used to be. Especially according to a centuries-old, hand drawn map that was recently discovered in an...

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