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Will Arrowhead's Eternal Springs Be Sucked Dry?

 San Bernadino forest. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)Once, California didn’t have to worry so much about water. But now, of course, the state is in the midst of a historic drought. It doesn't help much...

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Object of Intrigue: The CIA's Dragonfly Drone

Oh, hey. I'm just an ordinary dragonfly, buzzing away. Yep. Definitely not a robot spy. (Photo: CIA/Public domain)One of the more striking items at the CIA Museum in McLean, Virginia is the...

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Psych-henge: 5 American Stonehenge Knock-Offs

Prehistoric stone builders, eat your heart out. (Photo: Samir Luthor on Flickr)Stonehenge is one of the most iconic wonders of the world (although it is not one of the official seven wonders), so it's...

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Shoeboxus: The Star Wars-themed Shoebox Parade, Only in New Orleans

The shoebox-sized, Star Wars-themed parade. (Photo: April Siese)Han Solo, made of Legos, held a raucous bachelor party in a float being pulled by a decorative leash. An anthropomorphic dinosaur...

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360 Degrees of War: 6 Panoramic Paintings That Make You A Part of the Action

Sir, shouldn't we we go back for the men in the painting? (Photo: Darren and Brad on Flickr)Before 3D movies or the Oculus Rift, the only way to really immerse someone in a virtual scene was to just...

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The Cross-Dressing Heiress Who Decamped to the Algerian Desert

Isabelle Eberhardt in the Sahel desert, circa 1900. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)This is the third part of a five-part series about early female explorers. The first and second parts are here.Just as the...

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Some of the Ocean's Strongest Waves Are Invisible to the Human Eye

 Human eyes can barely detect internal waves; NASA satellites captured these, in the Sulu Sea, not far from the Luzon Strait. (Photo: Jacques Descloitres/NASA GSFC)North of the Philippines and south of...

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Bright Lights, Small City: The Artistry of 5 Model Cities

The future looks... tiny. (Photo: Daniel Case on Wikipedia)The miniature model town is an iconic feature of the bucolic English town. Usually recreated in loving detail, the little villages let people...

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Even in a Toxic Pit, There Is Life

 When Andrea Stierle first saw the Berkeley Pit mine, in August 1980, she was a newlywed and had just moved to Butte, Montana. "It was this big, still bustling mining area," she says, "and when we...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Crush, Texas

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Coltsville, USA: Inside America's Gun-Funded Utopia

Coltsville (Photo: Luke Spencer)Just off Interstate 91 near Hartford, Connecticut is an architectural oddity that would look more at home in Moscow’s Red Square than alongside a placid section of the...

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Forgotten Wonders of the Digital World: Second Life

Has anyone seen all my chairs? (Photo: Ziki Questi)What does a three-dimensional version of the Internet look like? That might seem like a trick question: wouldn’t that just be IRL, or perhaps some...

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The Surprising History of Anti-Vaxxers and Measles

It took decades for most of the population to receive the measles vaccine. (Photo: frankieleon/Flickr)In 1954, Thomas Peebles, a pediatrician, went to Boston with a mission: taking blood from young men...

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The Mysterious Blogger Chronicling Every "Real World" House

  Belfort Mansion, New Orleans, from the ninth season of MTV's The Real World. (Photo: Ann-Dabney/Flickr)Exactly 30 times over the past 23 years, a collection of attractive people have been filmed...

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Postcards From The Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

(Photo: Courtesy Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland)The neon green water of the Devil’s Pool is steaming around the edges, like some kind of algae-colored witches brew. On the other side of the New Zealand...

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Boomeria: An Eccentric Science Teacher's Adventure Land

A map of Boomeria, the medieval-style, science-focused adventure land. (Photo courtesy of Preston Boomer)How to describe the Kingdom of Boomeria, the hillside residence of retired high-school science...

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Shelfies: 3 Places to Find Books Bound in Human Skin

That's maybe the most personal diary. (Photo: Atlas Obscura)Leather-bound books are one of the finest ways to give your library a sense of gravitas and history. But books bound in human skin...

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Journey To The Center Of The United States

This flag, on a private ranch in Butte County, South Dakota, was first placed there in 1962, as the "real" center of the country. (Photo: J. Stephen Conn/Flickr.)It’s a question that seems so simple as...

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FOUND: A Pre-Civil War Shipwreck on a Massachusetts Beach

The timbers of a shipwreck were found on Nantasket Beach. (Screenshot via CBS Boston)In Hull, Massachusetts, a small coastal town south of Boston, a recent storm washed away enough sand on the shore to...

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The Church Where Robots Come to Life

(Photo: Chico MacMurtrie/ARW)Before they settled in the Robotic Church, among squat brick rowhouses on a quiet street in Brooklyn, Chico MacMurtrie's creations traveled the world. The Tumbling Man lost...

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