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FOUND: A Triceratops-like Dino With an Extra Fancy Frill

 Wendiceratops pinhornesis (Image: Danielle Dufault/PLOS ONE)The newest addition to the growing group of Ceratopsida dinosaurs—the family that includes, most famously, Triceratops—had a particularly...

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Hidden Wonders of the Digital World: EVE Online

The Press Pass braves the cruel cosmos. (All screencaps by Eric Grundhauser)Inside EVE Online, a colossal multi-player science fiction game, space is vast and space is gorgeous, with blazing nebulas, a...

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How to Win a Tuna-Throwing Contest

Jackie Hockaday, who tossed the tuna 11.12m to become the 2014 winner. (Photo: Courtesy Tunarama Festival) To throw a tuna, be prepared to hold the fish by the tail and spin. That’s the way it’s done...

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FOUND: Sharks Hanging Out in a Volcano

A volcano—even an undersea volcano—might not seem like the best place to hang out. The water is notably hot, even when the volcano's not erupting, acidic, and bubbling with gas.One such underwater...

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The Deck of Cards That Made Tarot A Global Phenomenon

(All photos: Atlas staff) Picture a deck of tarot cards. What do you see? Maybe the Magician in his rich red robes, right arm raised high above him. Or the skeleton on horseback for Death. Or maybe you...

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Inside The Colorful, Hypnotic World of Textile Mills

Polartec, Lawrence, MA. (All photos: Christopher Payne)In one textile mill, the floor shudders as clanging, oily machines churn out dainty, colorful fabrics. In another, sheets of lace are quietly...

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What Does It Take to Rename a Building?

The James A. Farley Post Office (Image: Charley Lhasa/Flickr)The decision to change the name of the United States' busiest rail station was made in a day.On March 26, 2003, former Senator Daniel...

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Livin' On The Edge: The Precarious Architecture of 7 European Cliff Cities

(Photo: Maria Rosa Ferre/Flickr)Long before overcrowding and overpopulation was forcing humanity to think about building vertically, Europeans were already building in, on, and even over the edge of...

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Curiouser and Curiouser: The World's Most Unusual and Beautiful Maps

The Lion of Holland, from 1609, by Claes Jansz Visscher. (All images The British Library Board/Courtesy The University of Chicago Press) Even though without them we’d be lost, laypeople often take maps...

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Your Ticket to the 1893 Columbian Exposition

This ticket to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition showed a Native American chief. Actual American Indians were "displayed to fairgoers as objects of anthropological inquiry." [All photos: Tom...

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FOUND: A 14th-Century Golden Dragon Ring

St. George ring (Image: Portable Antiquities Scheme)Not so long ago, in Norwich, England, a man with a metal detector found a ring that's now officially been declared "treasure." The ring is about 600...

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Grasshoppers Are Pink, Lobsters Are Blue, These Off-Color Animals Will Make...

An albino alligator at the California Academy of Sciences. (Photo: Brocken Inaglory/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)Grasshoppers are supposed to be green. Or, depending on where they live, brown, grayish or a...

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FOUND: The Pentaquark, a New Form of Matter

An illustration of a pentaquark (Image: CERN/LHCb collaboration)Scientists at CERN have announced that, using the Large Hadron Collider, they've discovered a new type of particle—the elusive...

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The Tycoon Who Planned His Very Own Island Utopia in the 1970s

The Floating City Project Design from The Seasteading Institute. (Photo: Courtesy The Seasteading Institute)When governments buckle, stock markets collapse, and clowns run for president, a...

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How to Harvest a Library in Just 100 Years

A forest in Norway. (Photo: Ernst Vikne on Wikipedia)Literature is available in many forms these days. You can buy a paperback, a hardcover, or a digital book to download. Or you could plant your own...

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100 Wonders: The Great Glowing Ocean

There is something magical about bioluminescence. Fish, insects, plants, even the parts of ocean itself all glowing from within, creating their own internal light, it feels like something from a...

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Exile off Main Street: 8 Historical Options for Deposed Rulers

Napoleon in exile on Saint-Helene, by Francois-Joseph Sandmann (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons) You’ve just overthrown the leader of your country. Now what? You can’t execute him for risk of stirring...

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LOST: The Skull of Nosferatu's Director

Count Orlok creeps up the stairs (Image:Nosferatu/Flickr)F.W. Murnau, the German director whose 1922 film Nosferatu created one of the most iconic depictions of Dracula, is buried in a family plot not...

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Tiny Skateboards and the Fast Fingers that Ride Them

 A fingerboarder shredding a finger-sized skatepark. (Photo: Mathias Genterczewsky/Flickr)Fingerboarding: It's so much more than just using your hands to play with a diminutive skateboard. Although,...

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Man-Made Animal Crossings, from Bat Bridges to Toad Tunnels

Look out. (Photo: Dennis Desmond/Wikipedia)Unfortunately for makers of gifs and memes, animals can’t drive. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own highways.Roads, of course, pose dire threats...

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