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Inside the Illinois Studio Where Terrifyingly Realistic Dinosaurs are Born

Created in partnership with Enjoy Illinois and the Illinois Obscura Society. Benld, Illinois seems like an improbable place for sauropods, raptors and Dracorex hogwartsias to roam. However, the bucolic...

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100 Wonders: The Head of Jeremy Bentham

Bodies end up being preserved in many ways, for many reasons, and through many different means. Few are as unique as Jeremy Bentham's preserved head and skeleton, though.The philosopher had his...

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The New Trend in State Symbols: Guns

John Moses Browning, the firearms designer and namesake of the Utah state gun. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)Many people realize that their states have state seals, state flags and state songs....

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FOUND: A 1986 Note From One Suffering Student to Future Generations

The note (Image: Matthew Di Caterina/Facebook)One night in October 1986, a student at the University of Adelaide in South Australia was working on a paper, when inspiration struck. The student, whose...

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The Alternate Universe of Soviet Arcade Games

The Soviet arcade game "Magistral". (All photos: Kristin Winet)When you walk into the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games in St. Petersburg, the first thing you’ll see is a series of gray, hard-edged soda...

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Fleeting Wonders: Witness A Rare Waterspout Off The Florida Coast

There are few natural wonders as strange as a columnar water spout. It’s one thing when a cyclone-like column of wind picks up a tower of loose dirt, but when it dips into the ocean and whirls up a...

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Glorious Photos of TWA Terminal from the Golden Age of Air Travel

Arrivals and departures board with information desk, TWA Flight Center, c. 1962. (Photo: © Library of Congress/Prints & Photographs Division/Balthazar Korab Archive LC-DIG-krb-00617)In October...

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FOUND: Denali's True Height

Denali, in 2015 (Photo: Todd Paris/UAF/USGS)This has been a big week for North America's tallest mountain. First, President Obama changed its official name to Denali, the name that native Alaskans used...

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How to Create 'NanoArt' Masterpieces By Manipulating Molecules

Cris Orfescu's nanoartwork entitled "Power." (All art provided by Cris Orfescu/Used with Permission)Equally in love with art and science? Can't choose between becoming a molecular biologist or a...

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These Mesmerizing Videos of Ships Going Through Storms Will Turn You Into a...

A fishing vessels does battle with the Atlantic off the coast of Ireland. (Photo: UK Ministry of Defense/Flickr)"How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the...

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Fleeting Wonders: Watch the Atlas V Rocket Scribble All Over The Florida Sky

What is this huge spoon scooping up the Florida skyline? (Image: veroskibum/Youtube)Floridians up before dawn this morning were treated to a strange, unearthly sight—a plume of light arcing over the...

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Soothe Yourself By Watching Tiny Meals Being Cooked in Tiny Kitchens

A screenshot from Miniature Space's sushi-making video.Here's a novel option if you're stressed out and seeking a way to relax: fire up YouTube and lean in close to see human hands making tiny meals...

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FOUND: 2.6 Trillion Trees

So many trees (Photo: Anita Ritenour/Wikimedia)How many trees are there on Earth? There's never been a true tree census, where people go from forest to forest counting each tree individually. The best...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Smithville Bicycle Railroad

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Fleeting Wonders: A Chicken That Crossed the Road, in Traffic

A visual approximation of the hen in question. (Photo: Konstantin Nikiforov/Wikipedia)On Wednesday morning a hackneyed old joke became an unexpected reality when a chicken attempted to cross the road...

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I Found a Female Serial Killer in My Family Tree

The church in the village of Guestling, where Luke Spencer's ancestor lived. (Photo: Mark Duncan/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 2.0)Thanks to online resources like Ancestry.com, tracing your family tree has...

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America's Boom in Abandoned, Vacant Schools

An abandoned school (Photo: Nitram242/Flickr)Boynton Beach's old high school is a beautiful building. It was built in 1927, by William Manley King, a south Florida architect of some renown, and if you...

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FOUND: A Very Special Sarcophagus

The sarcophagus (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority)Inspectors for the Israel Antiquities Authority went on a mission Tuesday night. They had received a tip, Live Science reports, that at a...

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The New York Prison that Doubled as a Clubhouse For Alimony Cheats

(Image: British Library/Public domain)Shooting pool. Smoking cigars. Hanging out with a bunch of other divorced guys, crowing about being freed from the shackles of the ol' ball and chain.Not exactly...

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Fleeting Wonders: Those Wacky MIT Kids Built A Roller Coaster

The newest iteration of the MIT Freshman Orientation Coaster. (Photo: Atlas Obscura)Ah, freshman college orientation—a time of boisterous dorm rivalries, a capella tryouts, and helping your...

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