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What Does a Failed New Jersey Utopia Have to Do with the Algonquin Round Table?

Phalanx Road, New Jersey. (Photo: Mr. Matté/WikiCommons CC BY 3.0)Phalanx Road is a quiet road that runs through the towns of Lincroft and Colts Neck in central New Jersey. It’s not unlike many...

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Aquascapers Are Creating Miniature Atlantean Fantasy Worlds

Takayuki Fukada's "Longing"–the best aquascape of 2015, according to the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest. (Photo copyright Aqua Design Amano)You're standing before a fairytale landscape....

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Fleeting Wonders: 600 Chris Denorfia Bobbleheads

One Chris Denorfia bobblehead–about 0.15% of the original haul. (Photo: NBC 7 San Diego)Hardcore baseball fans will recognize the name Chris Denorfia, the right-handed outfielder who has been a free...

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Hand-Drawn Maps That Jump Into the Geopolitical Fray

One of Danforth's cartoons, which shows different groups through history who all fought in Iraq. (Image: Ted Danforth)What better way to understand and explain geopolitics than through maps?The Eastern...

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Meet the Midwestern Pilots Who Risk Their Lives to Change the Weather

Flying near a fast-forming storm in North Dakota. (Photo: Shawn/flickr)The storm is fierce and glowing turquoise, and Steffany Royal is waiting for it at the border of Montana and North Dakota circling...

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FOUND: A New Group of European Ancestors

A replica of a 5,000-year-old shoe from the Alps (Photo: Josef Chlachula/Wikimedia)Where did Europeans come from?As genome sequencing becomes easier, geneticists have been puzzling together the history...

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Fleeting Wonders: Psychedelic Pluto

NASA is on a magic mystery tour... for science! (Image: NASA)For an icy little dwarf planet, Pluto is looking better and better these days—thanks to the New Horizons probe's fantastic photos. And now...

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China Cloned A Famous Turkish Carpet–and The Name of The Town it Came From

Chinese carpets are sneaking into foreign markets, fooling tourists and knocking down local prices. (Photo: Deb Collins/WikiCommons CC BY 2.0)Hereke carpets have a unique, illustrious, and now confused...

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Rhode Island Has 1 Great Culinary Invention, And It's Coffee Milk

Autocrat coffee syrup, for blending with milk. (Photo: Sean Benham/flickr)In 1993, coffee milk was declared the official state drink of Rhode Island and not everyone was thrilled. According to the Wall...

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9 Beautiful Portraits of Rescued Owls

Forrest, a Great Horned Owl. (All photos: © Leila Jeffreys) Photographer Leila Jeffreys settled her carefully chosen subject into position. The background was a complimentary shade of light brown....

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Aquapolis

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The Surprising Truth About Pirates and Parrots

A friend to pirates everywhere. (Photo: peasap/flickr)Ever since Long John Silver clomped around on a wooden leg with a parrot on his shoulder, the literary and pop-culture conception of pirates has...

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FOUND: A Tennis Ball-Sized Diamond, the Largest Discovered in a Century

The diamond. It's giant! (Photo: Lucara Diamond)In a mine in Botswana, the Lucara Diamond Corporation has come up with the largest diamond discovered in the past century and the second largest ever...

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Fleeting Wonders: Thanksgiving Turkeys in Every Color of the Rainbow

(Photo: Aldo Hynes/flickr)Ah, autumn. The brightly colored leaves! The crisp Thanksgiving turkeys! The ... brightly colored Thanksgiving turkeys? Every year for decades, the folks at Gozzi's Turkey...

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The Epic 1959 Battle Between a New York Town and Thousands of Starlings

Starlings on a telegraph pole. (Photo: David Prasad/flickr)The city of Mount Vernon New York was under siege. The distraught residents had tried to drive their tormentors away with shotguns, fire...

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Fleeting Wonders: A Tap-Dancing Songbird

A blue-capped cordon-bleu. (Photo: Heather Paul/Flickr)Scientists studying the courtship behaviors of the blue-capped cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus cyanocephalus) have discovered what Fred Astaire fans have...

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FOUND: A Fossilized Forest That Helped Change the World

 A drawing of the fossilized trees (Image: University of Cardiff)In the present time, the archipelago of Svalbard is located about as far north as humans care to live, edging up into the Arctic ocean....

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Nobody Wins The War Between Birds and Planes

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s both at the same time! (Photo: Alf van Beem/WikiCommons CC0 1.0)This past Wednesday, window-seat passengers on a flight bound for Fort McMurray, Canada were met by a...

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Finally—Here's Your Jet Pack!

Time to rocket into the sky for that bird's eye view. (Photo: Steve Jurvetson/flickr)Most of us have probably spent the past few decades wondering when someone was finally going to give us an...

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LOST: A Nuclear Bomb's Worth of Highly Enriched Uranium

A biscuit of reduced uranium from the Manhattan Project (Photo: Wikimedia)One of the worst-case scenarios for a terrorist attack in a dense urban place involves stolen nuclear material.Occasionally,...

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