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Solving the Nutritional Mystery of Historical Food at Sea

Mealtime on board the USS Olympia, 1899. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-128415) It's easy to take salt for granted. Cheap and plentiful, it’s not the sort of the thing you expect to find mixed...

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Every Friday in Venezuela is Now a Non-Working Holiday

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in 2013. (Photo: Joka Madruga/CC BY 2.0)Venezuela has been suffering a punishing drought, which has been particularly harmful because hydroelectric power is a main...

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You Can Call This Number If You Want to Talk to a Random Swede

Sweden's official Twitter handle, @Sweden, has, every week since 2012, been operated not by a social media intern, or a government press officer, but by a random Swede. After some early controversy,...

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The Quest to Map and Archive Human Blood

(Photo: National Human Genome Research Institute/Public Domain)A version of this story was originally published in the journal Limn.The first “clearing house” for human genetic diversity data was...

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Have You Ever Felt as Good as These Sunbathing Lemurs?

Lemurs take lotus position to the next level.During their morning sunbathing rituals, ring-tailed lemurs sit back, open up their arms, and hug the universe. It's almost like they've gotten high—then...

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The Long Quest to Get Southerners to Stop Dueling

A recreation of a duel's aftermath, by photographer Katharine Sheward Stanbery and circa 1900. (Image: Katharine Sheward Stanbery/Library of Congress LC-USZC2-5986)Those who take up political office in...

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Glorious Vintage-Inspired Posters of America's National Parks

 Vermilion Cliffs, Justin Beaulieu. (All Images: Courtesy Chronicle Books/ Creative Action Network) America's national parks have been enthralling visitors for over a century. The very first park to be...

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What Are Bollards, and Why Are They So Beautiful?

A gathering of bollards in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Andrew Choate/Saint Bollard)How does one become a bollard photographer? For Andrew Choate it all started inadvertently, when he was living in...

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The 110-Foot Pegasus Living It Up In South Florida

The Pegasus sculpture. (Photo: Ines Hegedus-Garcia/CC BY 2.0)It would be hard to mistake Gulfstream Racetrack’s Pegasus Park for your standard-issue giant animal roadside attraction, like the Jersey...

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Found: Isaac Newton's Recipe for the Philosopher's Stone

Gotta get that philosopher's stone. (Photo: Chemical Heritage Foundation)Isaac Newton didn’t believe in magic, but he did believe in the philosopher’s stone, a legendary concoction that could turn lead...

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Protesters are Rebuilding Thoreau’s Cabin to Block a Gas Pipeline

Looking out on Ashfield from the inside of Will Elwell's Thoreau cabin replica. (Photo: Will Elwell)Standing by his new hand-hewn cabin frame at its dedication last month, Massachusetts resident Will...

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Mass Robot Firings in China Because of Incompetence

Guangzhou restaurant fires its robot staff for their incompetence https://t.co/bcWc104JdIpic.twitter.com/fkXNqfhghj— Lifeboat Foundation (@lifeboathq) April 7, 2016After piloting early AI server...

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Australian Uses Phone to Download Nearly a Terabyte of Free Data in One Day

Telstra free data guy clocks up almost a terabyte of downloadshttps://t.co/MXxCvoIrl1pic.twitter.com/WGsIe0ylBq— Canberra Times (@canberratimes) April 4, 2016Customers of Telstra, Australian's largest...

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Watch This Video of a Dog Flying a Plane

You might be thinking at this very moment that you've reached a certain age and that you've, you know, seen things. Maybe you're also thinking, perhaps a bit smugly, that you've seen everything. The...

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Shipwrecked Mariners Saved On Deserted Island After Writing 'Help' on Beach

(Photo: robmcm/CC BY-SA 2.0)Three mariners set out early Monday in a 19-foot boat planning to skip from one Micronesian island to another. But they never got there, and a U.S. Navy plane Thursday found...

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Will A Newly-Proposed Bridge Finally Connect the Red Sea?

An Egyptian ship taking tourists on recreational cruises of the Red Sea. Soon, the boat may be entirely optional. (Photo: V Manninen/CC BY-2.0)Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has announced that his country...

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Texas Town Unveils the World's Largest Bowie Knife

A regular-sized Bowie knife. (Photo: Mika Järvinen/CC BY-2.0)Everything is bigger in Texas,” the saying goes, and the saying is definitely now true for Bowie knives, as Bowie, Texas unveils what may be...

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The Terrible Problem of Hitler's Earliest Home

Hitler's birthplace: Salzburger Vorstadt 15 in Braunau am Inn, Austria. (Photo: Thomas Ledl/CC BY-SA-4.0)It's a modest building, on a quiet street. It is also the house where Adolf Hitler was born....

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The One Castaway Trick That You Need to Know to Be Rescued

Two men wave life jackets and look on as a U.S. Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft discovers them on the uninhabited island of Fanadik. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Public Domain)If you think the...

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This 17th Century Map of the Skies is Bursting With Mythological Creatures

This stunning map of the skies is the work of Frederik de Wit, a Dutch cartographer from the 17th century. (Photo: Frederik de Wit/Public Domain)For time immemorial, humans have turned their gaze...

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