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This Meteorologist Keeps Standing in Front of East Iceland and People Are Upset

People in Iceland are being left off the weather map and they're pissed https://t.co/ba8WzblNFWpic.twitter.com/nNEMlXKFvS— True Tech Lover (@TrueTechLover) December 21, 2016Most of Iceland lives in the...

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Found: A Glimpse of the World Under Antarctica's Ice

In East Antarctica, under sea ice that grows five feet thick, there's a whole ecosystem of marine life that thrives year-round. It's surprisingly warm in the water under the ice—or at least not as...

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Does America Have a Secret Kangaroo Population?

Not all legendary creatures—cryptids, as they're called—are supernatural monsters like Bigfoot or the Jersey Devil. Sometimes a cryptid is just a regular animal found in a place where it seems...

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Students Have Built A Coconut-Harvesting Robot

It's a classic conundrum: Everyone wants coconuts, but no one wants to pick them.Fear not, though. Students at Amrita University in Kerala have developed a solution—a coconut-harvesting robot.The...

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The First Female Doctor in Britain Spent 56 Years Disguised as a Man

In 1826 in a southern suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, a frail-looking doctor with red hair prepped his instruments for a highly dangerous procedure—a cesarean operation. Once Dr. James Barry, a...

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Watch Sheets of Paper Turn into a Topographical Map of Lake Baikal

 Enjoy watching the process of creating my new piece Lake Baikal | hand-cut paper, blue film, foam board | 11" x 14" x 1.5" |#art #artist #paper #texture #paperart #paperartist #papersculpture...

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12 Chamber Pots You Can Buy Right Now

We all know and dread the feeling. The sharp pang felt in the middle of the night that tells you your body needs relief right now. You lie in bed, trying to make sense of the world in that stage...

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Chicago's Greatest New Year's Day Tradition Is a Car Rally Scavenger Hunt

On New Year's Day, if you pass by the parking lot of Chicago's Adler Planetarium around 11 o’clock in the morning, you’ll come across a surprising collection of cars and drivers readying themselves to...

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How Racism Was First Officially Codified in 15th-Century Spain

In 1449 rebels in Toledo, Spain, published an edict you’ve probably never heard of, but whose effects still resonate today. It was the first set of discriminatory laws based on race.  You probably know...

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Victorians' Christmas Parlor Games Will Leave You Burned, Bruised, And Puking

Most of the Christmas traditions we take for granted today are Victorian inventions: Christmas trees, Christmas stockings and Christmas carols didn’t exist much before the 1840s. Yet while these are...

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Take a Journey Into One of the World’s Most Impressive Map Collections

In 1851, Edward Stanford published an unusual map of London. It looks south across the capital, and depicts a landscape undulating with details: streets, canals, parks and of course, the twisting...

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Found, Underwater: One of Canada's Earliest Gardens

It’s not exactly Atlantis, but archaeologists have discovered what might be the oldest example of a garden ever found in the Pacific Northwest.According to Science, archaeologists discovered the garden...

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The Great Harvard Pee-In of 1973

In 1973, a group of outraged female Harvard activists took to the steps of the school's historic Lowell Hall and poured out jars of fake urine. The powers that be really should have let them use the...

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How a Team of Reenactors Helped Solve a Revolutionary War Mystery

In June of 2014, archaeologist Meg Watters led a team of five Revolutionary War reenactors through a forest in Minute Man National Park, on the edge of Lexington, Massachusetts. It was damp out, and...

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WWII Bomb Discovery Sparks Christmas Evacuation

Yesterday, construction workers in Augsburg, Germany, unearthed a holiday surprise—a 3.8-ton bomb, dropped on the city by Britain during World War II and still primed to explode.In response,...

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The Complicated, Inconclusive Truth Behind Rat Kings

On the top floor of the Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand, where there are taxidermied circus lions, a tooth from the largest species of shark to ever have existed on Earth, and delicate glass...

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Watch a Guy Hit 240 Consecutive Green Lights in New York City

It took Noah Forman about 26 minutes to accomplish, but earlier this month, he achieved a personal driving goal: hitting 240 consecutive green lights in Manhattan, which he says is a record. Forman had...

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The Cave-Dwelling Hermitess of Colonial America

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FOUND: A Dinosaur That Shed Its Teeth and Grew a Beak

New fossil research has revealed the existence of a strange little dinosaur that was born with teeth, but shed them to grow an adult beak.According to The Verge, these unique beasts are the first...

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Watch the Physics of Ballet's Hardest Move Explained

It’s the moment every member of the audience has been waiting for. The black swan comes out, looks to the horizon with a defiant smile, and begins to turn round and round and round in a hypnotizing...

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