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The Rusted, Rotting Remains of A New Jersey Missile Base

A Nike missile on a launcher. It could reach speeds of 1,700 mph in just 4 seconds while carrying a 40KT warhead. (Photo: Luke Spencer)On a narrow strip of heavily wooded land, ringed with beaches and...

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100 Wonders: Is the House on the Rock a Great Hoax or Great Art?

The House on the Rock is unlike any other place in the world.The dwelling, perched on a column of rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin, bills itself as containing "visionary architecture, eclectic...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Berliner Stadtschloss and Palast Der Republik

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FOUND: A Jupiter-Sized Exoplanet, Discovered by a Teenager

 An artist's rendering of WASP 142b (Image: David A. Hardy)Most 15-year-olds spend their time searching for things more mundane than exoplanets. But while interning at Keele University, in England, one...

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Moose Milk and Hobbit Farms: 8 Examples of Outsider Agriculture

Solucar, Europe's largest solar power complex. (Photo: Koza1983/WikiCommons/CC BY 3.0)When you think of a non-industrial farm you probably think of some bucolic, pastoral setting: dairy cows calmly...

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What Do Reservoirs Reveal When They Dry Up?

 Lake Powell drying up. (Image: NASA Earth Observatory/Dylan Thuras)Lake Mead is shrinking. The Great Salt Lake is shrinking. The Salton Sea is shrinking.Not just in the American West, but in Africa,...

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Dorothy McKibbin: The Manhattan Project's Secret Weapon

Dorothy McKibbin hanging out with Robert Oppenheimer. (Photo: Courtesy of the Los Alamos Historical Society)Oppenheimer. Fermi. Feynman. Groves. When most people think (or read) about who was behind...

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The Ravenna, The Manticora and 11 Somewhat Lesser-Known Monsters

An average cyclops, picking some average human bones out of his teeth with a stick. (Image: Biodiversity Heritage Library/Digitized by University of California Libraries)When you consider the world’s...

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The Curse of the Bambino's Statue

Illustration by Matt Lubchansky.In the summer of 1935, visitors to the Baltimore Museum of Art were privy to a real treat. The curatorial staff had just been loaned an impressive, eight-foot-tall...

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FOUND: An Original Frank Lloyd Wright House That Frank Lloyd Wright Probably...

The house as seen from Google Streetview (Image: Google, 2015)No one realized that the house at 2106 East Newton St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was anything special, let alone a lost treasure. Up until...

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The Beautiful Network of Ancient Roman Roads

A Roman Milestone from the Via Romana XVIII, which connected Bracara Augusta to Asturica Augusta. (Photo: Júlio Reis/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)In today's terms, it's hard to fathom how much of the world...

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The Princess Who Kept a Pet Lion at the Plaza Hotel

The grave of Goldfleck the lion cub. (Photo: Ella Morton)Every gravestone at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York represents the story of a remarkable and beloved animal. There's Woodstock, a cat so...

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FOUND: A Perfectly Round Chicken's Egg

 (Photo: Screenshot, via ABC7)In Florida, one morning earlier this week, a woman named Tammy was preparing an omelet, when she found something strange—a perfectly round egg. Steve Holloway, her...

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A Computer Put A Face On A 7,000 Year-Old Woman

 Fatimah Ramone? (Photo: Mohammad Reza Rokni, Archaeology Research Center)What does a 7,000 year-old woman look like?According to Iranian archaeologists, a little bit like a lost Ramone.For reasons,...

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The Living Nightmare of the Mayfly Invasion

 Mayflies emerge from the lake. (Photo: Kovacs.szilard/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)On June 15th, central Pennsylvania was bombarded by a plague of biblical proportions. Emerging from the Susquehanna river...

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An Illustrated Guide to Space Maps

Nebra Sky Disc, Germany, 1600 BC. (Photo: Rainer Zenz/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)With its patinated bronze background and shiny gold sun, moon and stars, the 3600-year-old Nebra Sky Disc is worth gazing...

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A Sleep Researcher's Attempt to Build a Bank for Dreams

 John Henry Fuseli's famous painting 'The Nightmare', from 1781. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)For many people, listening to just one person describe their dreams is a nightmare. But for G. William...

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The Myth of the Bamboo Pentagon: The Vietnam War's Phantom Enemy Headquarters

 (Image by Eric Grundhauser)The Vietnam War had any number of controversial battles, but the invasion of Cambodia stands out—an unnecessary, bloody move that cost the lives of hundreds of U.S. soldiers...

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FOUND: A Baby Buried With a Bishop 350 Years Ago

Bishop Winstrup (Photo: Gunnar Menander)Back in the 17th century, Bishop Peder Winstrup was one of the luminaries of Lund, Sweden—he was a scientist and theologian who help start Lund University in...

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Basically Every City in the U.S. Has a Piece of the Berlin Wall

Checkpoint Charlie. (Photo: Norbert Aepli on Wikipedia) June 22, 2015 marks 25 years since the official closure of Checkpoint Charlie, the best-known crossing point of the Berlin Wall. During the Cold...

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