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8 Extraordinary Pieces of Architecture Grown From Living Trees

This living church is still growing. (Photo: Alessandro/CC BY 2.0)We usually use trees as building material in the form of struts and planks. But all over the world, people have found ways to create...

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Vintage Photos of Lumberjacks and the Giant Trees They Felled

Loggers among the redwoods in California. (Photo: Ericson Collection/Humboldt State University Library) The Pacific Northwest and California are home to some of the largest trees in existence. A giant...

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Found: A Baby Alpaca Trapped in a Hole

At Govin’s Farm, a family farm in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a baby alpaca was missing. She was a week old, and in the evening, had always appeared with her mom. But on Saturday, the baby alpaca wasn’t in...

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How Trees Sleep

Shhhh, this tree might be sleeping! (Photo: Petr Kratochvil/Public Domain)Have you ever stood under a tree at night, looked up through its criss-cross of branches, and wondered, "What is it up...

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Watch Buoys Dance With the Flow in This Ocean Current Visualization

There are regions of the ocean where garbage and marine debris amass from the ebb and flow of the oceans’ currents. No matter where floating debris originates, a lot of it ends up drifting between five...

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For Sale: A Back To The Future DeLorean

This Japanese Delorean replica is on sale. (Photo: Jeremy Thompson/CC BY 2.0)Marty! Time is running out to buy a replica DeLorean from the last Back To The Future theme park ride in the world! Although...

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A Secret Forest Grew for Millennia in North America Without Anyone Noticing

A cedar making its life on the cliff face. (Photo: Peter Kelly)Doug Larson was not looking for old trees. The ecologist started working on the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment because, like the tundra...

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An Indian Village Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl is Born

Rajasthani women partaking in Piplantri's tree planting program. (All photos courtesy of Piplantri.com)Shyam Sundar Paliwal, the former leader of a small village in Rajasthan, India, lost his daughter...

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7 Nominees for the Best Tree in Literature

All illustrations by Tao Tao HolmesThe trees we meet in books come in all shapes, sizes, and consciousness levels, enabling different sorts of mysteries, enchantments, and adolescent epiphanies....

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15 Trees That Can't Even Right Now

Someone, help these trees. A twree-storm. 1.This tree burned itself down while freebasing cocaine and is all like, "Aaaaahhh." pic.twitter.com/qTnumkggeq— Jon Mooallem (@jmooallem) September 19, 20152....

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Scientists Just Discovered a New Vulnerability in HIV

Green and yellow antibodies attack the red peptide on HIV in this visualization. (Photo: NIAID)Last week, scientists said they had found something interesting: a vulnerable part of the human...

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Lumberjack Contests are the Coolest College Extracurricular

Carissa Camenson maneuvers a traditional six-foot crosscut saw through a log in a college-level logging competition. (All Photos: Mikayla Camenson)Carissa Camenson stood in a vast acre and a half arena...

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The World's Smallest Porpoises Might Soon Be Extinct

(Photo: NOAA/Public Domain)Vaquitas, or "little cows" in Spanish, are the world's smallest porpoises. They've been critically endangered for a while, numbering just 100 in 2014. Primarily found in the...

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Help Us Grow The Ultimate Tree Playlist

Lets rock the bark off some trees. (Photo: Courtney Rhodes/CC BY 2.0)For Tree Week here on Atlas Obscura, we're putting together the ultimate playlist of songs about trees to listen to while we explore...

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This Guy Tried to Grow Food on 'Martian' Soil and Was Surprised When It Worked

Mars, in an image shot by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Photo: NASA/Public Domain)It won't be easy growing food on Mars. NASA is trying, of course, in case humans ever get there. But the conditions are...

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Do Not Eat, Touch, Or Even Inhale the Air Around the Manchineel Tree

The fruit of the Manchineel tree. (Photo: Barry Stock/CC BY-SA 2.0)Throughout the coasts of the Caribbean, Central America, the northern edges of South America, and even in south Florida, there can be...

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Found: A Stolen Letter From Christopher Columbus

The document. (Photo: ICE)In March of 1493, newly returned from what Europeans would call the “New World," Christopher Columbus wrote a letter to the king and queen of Spain, the financiers of his...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: The Mammoth Tree

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Boston's Sidewalks Are Covered In Secret Poems

Clouds usually spell bad news for pedestrians. But for frequenters of some lucky Boston sidewalks, a shower uncovers a secret—a poem, stenciled in waterproof paint and revealed by the rain as if by...

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Trees—They're Just Like Us!

(Photo: pcdazero/CC0 Public Domain)They love to play with kittens!(Photo: National Park Service Digital Image Archives/Public Domain)They force themselves to take risks!(Photo: Shifra Levyathan/CC BY...

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