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Shocking Before-and-After Photos of the World’s Coral Bleaching Catastrophe

Coral bleaching. (Photo: acro_phuket/shutterstock.com)It’s a beautifully clear day in the tropics. The water is warm and still; there’s no wind, no clouds to block the bright sunshine. It looks like a...

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For Sale: An Entire Band of India's Electromagnetic Spectrum

A cell tower in Pondicherry, India. (Photo: Ken Banks/CC BY 2.0)Everything has its price, including the electromagnetic spectrum. In India, that will soon mean an entire band of the spectrum, as the...

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Watch a Calligrapher Turn Shopping Lists Into Art

Note to self: Seb Lester's handwriting makes even the most mundane scribbles look like royal decrees.Lester is a British calligrapher who shares video snippets of his impeccable penmanship on YouTube...

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Glastonbury Festival Orders Thousands of Cups to Help the British Steel Industry

Glastonbury has launched reusable stainless steel pint cups to help the UK steel industry https://t.co/P0MJlFYZQHpic.twitter.com/eH3l2uiod7— Indy Business (@TheIndyBusiness) April 19, 2016When a music...

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Dinosaurs Were Probably in Decline Well Before Massive Asteroid Strike

(Photo: ssr ist4u/CC BY-SA 3.0)Dinosaurs might have been dying out long before a massive asteroid struck Earth millions of years ago, killing them for good, scientists said recently. The new theory...

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Who Invented Eggs Benedict–a Traitor, a Pope, or a Hungover Dude?

Eggs Benedict. (Photo: Magdanatka/shutterstock.com)The most important thing to know about eggs Benedict is that they have nothing to do with the famed traitor Benedict Arnold.In fact, some give credit...

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This Burning of Poached Elephant Goods Is One of the Largest in History

ZS Director of Conservation Prof Jonathan Baillie at the 1st ever Cameroon ivory burn of 2000 ivory tusks @baillieukpic.twitter.com/rKh7OFnMe5— ZSL Conservation (@ZSLconservation) April 19,...

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How NASA is Trying to Grow a Potato on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars in a self-portrait. (Photo: NASA/Public Domain)If Matt Damon couldn't survive without potatoes on Mars, NASA is probably thinking that they can't either. A...

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The Wonders of Obscura Day 2016, in Photos

Attendees of the Secret Garden Party at Marble Cemetery in New York, by one of the winners of our photo contest, Christine Catalano. Secret garden parties and cemetery tours. Tunneling and...

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What It's Like To Be The Only Painter In Antarctica

Lily Simonson in mid-sketch, at Antarctica's Lake Bonney. (Photo: Peter Recjek)In October 2014, teetering on the edge of a hole in the ice in the middle of Antarctic's McMurdo Sound, Lily Simonson took...

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Meet the Association Upholding the Integrity of Instant Noodles

Ramen heaven. (Photo: BrokenSphere/CC BY-SA 3.0)For anyone who has gotten through a frugal time by eating instant ramen noodles, you have have one man to thank for your continued survival: Momofuku...

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Meet the Guy Who Spent 40 Years Curating at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

VP of Exhibits and Archives Edward Meyer. (All Photos: © 2016 Ripley Entertainment Inc.)When a two-headed calf is stillborn on a farm somewhere in Iowa, a local media outlet may or may not produce a...

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Found: A Castaway on an Uninhabited Australian Island

The rescue. (Photo: Animal Planet/YouTube)British angler Jeremy Wade and his Animal Planet crew were searching for a rare fish; instead they found a fisherman who’d been separated from his boat and...

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Let Them Eat Corn! The New Rules of Passover

A table set for the Passover Seder. (Photo: atl10trader/CC BY 2.0)The ancient punishment for very serious crimes in the Jewish world is called kareth, or “cutting off,” which could mean either capital...

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Kosovo's Extremely Successful Hillary Clinton-Themed Pantsuit Boutique

 Did I mention Hillary, the powersuit boutique next to the Bill Clinton statue? #pristinaA photo posted by Dean Hunt (@themsclouds) on Nov 13, 2014 at 6:45am PSTThroughout the long primary campaign,...

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Behind the Scenes at Medieval Times, Where Knights Battle and Pepsi is Plentiful

(Photo: Boris Kasimov/CC BY 2.0. All other non-credited photos: Ella Morton)At Atlas Obscura, we write about places, people, and phenomena that engender wonder and delight. Usually that’s stuff like...

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Chinese Investors Just Bought 1 Percent of Australia

(Photo: Omer Ziv/CC BY-ND 2.0)Australia is big, and much of it uninhabited, owing to harsh climates and dry weather. A lot of it, too, is farmland, nearly 30,000 square miles of which just sold to...

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See What Soldiers Around the World Eat When in the Field

Every now and then, one stumbles upon a corner of YouTube that is entirely unexpected. Such is the case with these extensive combat ration unboxing videos, in which a narrator opens and explores the...

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Half of Coral in Great Barrier Reef Is 'Dead or Dying'

(Photo: Dorothea Bender-Champ for ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)The Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its worst bleaching ever. On Wednesday, scientists in Australia sounded their...

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Saul Bellow's Son Explains How 'Guerilla Marketing' Sold His Father's...

The rolltop desk where Nobelist Saul Bellow worked is in search of a new author https://t.co/HllwfpG4TUpic.twitter.com/CHLnYygt6r— Brenda J. Cronin (@Brenda_Cronin) March 23, 2016Nobody wanted Saul...

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