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FOUND: A Bronze Age Settlement Dubbed 'Britain's Pompeii'

Textiles from 3,000 years ago (Photo: Cambridge Archaeological Unit) Three thousand years ago, not far from what's now Cambridge, England, a small settlement stood in a swampy area, its round houses...

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Fleeting Wonders: Scottish Trees Grow Mysterious Ice Toupees

A Dutch branch shows off a hair ice wig. (Photo: Ronaldhuizer/WikiCommons CC BY 3.0)Weird winter fashion has hit the forests of Scotland. As the weather cools down, rotting trees have started sporting...

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One of D.C.’s Most Contentious Pieces of Real Estate is 25 Feet Underground

The Dupont Underground's east platform, which the organization will be opening first. (Photo: Dupont Underground/Pat Padua) In the upscale Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Dupont Circle, where...

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Regular Golf Is Slowly Dying. Enter: FootGolf

The rules are simple: kick the ball in the hole. (Photo: National Club Golfer)FootGolf, a fusion of soccer and golf, is often described with the tagline, “the best game ever invented.” Those are strong...

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The 'Australian Mermaid' Who Introduced Recreational Swimming to American Women

Annette Kellerman in one of her more scandalous swimming ensembles. (Photo: State Library of New South Wales)In the summer of 1907, an Australian woman by the name of Annette Kellerman made a startling...

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New York’s Statue of Liberty is Just One of Many Worldwide

The Statue of Liberty at Legoland in Denmark. (Photo: Loozrboy/flickr)George Washington once wrote that “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." That certainly rings true for...

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Family Planning For Sharks Now Involves Multigenerational Virgin Births

In the first recorded instance of multigenerational parthenogenesis, a whitespotted bamboo shark gave birth to a female shark that also reproduced asexually. (Photo: yvonne n/Wikipedia Commons CC BY...

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19th-Century Shipwrecks Keep Getting Discovered During the Hunt for MH370

The second shipwreck (Photo: Australian Transport Safety Board)The remains of Flight MH370 have eluded almost two years of multi-pronged recovery attempts, efforts that began as soon as the plane was...

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Flyting Was Medieval England's Version of an Insult-Trading Rap Battle

 Flyting from Norse folklore and Old England should be incorporated into American politics. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)Imagine a world that had swapped its guns for puns and its IEDs for...

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100 Wonders: The Secret City of the Cosmonauts

From the 1940s to the 1990s, the secretive USSR created a massive constellation of ghost geography. Hundreds of cities. Over a million people living off the map. Not "off the grid"—towns were literally...

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Tumblr's Newest Target Is Jon Arbuckle, Garfield's Horrible Owner

The new face of Internet shame: Jon Arbuckle. (Courtesy of Tumblr)Over the past couple of days, a new meme has been rocketing through Tumblr. It seems that the internet pitchforks have been raised...

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Inside the Angola Prison Hobbycraft Sale, Where Inmates Sell their Creations

Art on display at Louisiana State Penitantary's hobbycraft sale. (Photo: Courtesy The Angolite)Chances are, you've heard of Angola, The Louisiana State Penitentiary. It's the largest maximum security...

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New Evidence of Mammoth Hunting Puts Humans in the Arctic 10,000 Years Before...

Sergey Gorbunov excavating the mammoth (Photo: Pitulko et al., Science (2016))More than 40,000 years ago, in the Arctic reaches of what’s now Russia, the population of mammoths was at a peak. This was...

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FOUND: Two New Mountain Lion Kittens

The two new kittens (Photo: National Parks Service)Researchers in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California, have been running a long-term study on the area's mountain lion population since...

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100 Years Ago, American Women Competed in Intense Venus de Milo Lookalike...

Venus as painted by Henri-Pierre Picou. (Image: Wikipedia)In February 1916, two prestigious northeast American liberal arts colleges engaged in a spirited war of words, goaded by the media. The...

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The 1962 Laughter Epidemic of Tanganyika Was No Joke

This looks like the good kind of laughter. It's not always this way. (Photo: CC Tanzania)A laughter epidemic sounds like a welcome neighborhood contagion. But laughter is not so simple. It seems that...

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The Salem Witch Hangings Site Pinpointed; Looks Out on Walgreens Parking Lot

 An 1892 lithograph by Joseph E. Baker depicting a more fanciful interpretation of the Salem witch trials. (Photo: Public Domain/Wikipedia Commons)New for 2016: the exact location of the 1692 Salem...

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Who is Filming NYC Subway Videos From the Conductor's Chair?

A harrowing moment from "The Queens-bound 7 Line." (Image: DJ Hammers/YouTube)Stressed out from your long subway commute? Chill out with a calming video of a long subway commute. A mysterious YouTuber...

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This Week in Google News Alerts: 'Snakes Found'

Green mamba. (Photo: Orest/Wikimedia Commons)Want to know about all the heroic cats, insect swarms, and medieval reliquaries of the world but not sure where to look? Welcome to the Week in Google News...

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Fleeting Wonders: Russian Orthodox Christians Take the Epiphany Plunge

Epiphany bathers line up at an ice hole in Nerli in 2008. (Photo: Aleksey Nikolskyi/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)Marking a tradition so cool it's cold, scores of Russian Orthodox Christians dove headlong...

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