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Read the Tree Leaves, With an Artist's Invented Tree Font

The phrase "about trees," shown in the font Tree.The book About Trees, now being reprinted after selling out its first small run last year is, as the title says, about trees. Like other books, it's...

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Watch These Guys Climb 80-Foot Poles in Just 13 Seconds

This is not your average tree climbing. Sure, technical tree-climbing and urban arborists are pretty legit, but speed-wise they're no match for climbers sprinting up an 80-foot pole in a matter of...

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For 4 Days, Portugal Ran on Renewable Energy Alone

A wind farm in Lousã, Portugal. (Photo: CorreiaPM/Public Domain)Portugal had, until very recently, been generating up to half its energy with combustible energies like coal, oil, and natural gas. But...

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Preserving Ireland's Ancient, Mysterious Tree-Based Alphabet

A 3-D scan of the Ballymorereagh Ogham stone. The inscription translates to "Cellach son of Mac-Áine." (Photo: Nora White/Ogham in 3-D)As an archaeological linguist working in Dublin, Nora White has...

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The Scientist Who Discovered Sudden Oak Death Believes We Can Save the Forests

Sudden Oak death in evidence in Marin County, California. (Photo: USFS Region 5/CC BY 2.0)In the mid 1990s, thousands of trees in California’s coastal forests began to die. Leaves turned brown very...

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This Secret Tunnel Could Solve the Mysteries of an Ancient Mexican Civilization

The Avenue of the Dead, with the Pyramid of the Sun to the left. (Photo: eu tirada/Public Domain)Teotihuacán is mysterious. A city that probably started around 400 B.C., before it was abandoned over...

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Former London Mayor Wins Poetry Contest with Goat Sex Limerick

Boris Johnson, right. (Photo: johnhemming/CC BY-SA 2.0)Boris Johnson, until last year the mayor of London, one of the largest cities in the world, has a lot of opinions. And he's known for a good...

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The Most Popular Dog Names in New York City

(Photo: m01229/CC BY 2.0)A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.Among the 8.5 millions humans of New York City, there sure are a lot of dogs. And if you were to pick one at random,...

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So You Want to Eat a Tree

Willow bark can be used as a bittering agent to make beer. (Photo: Pascal Baudar)Trees provide us with lots to eat―all kinds of nuts, fruits, and berries, not to mention maple syrup. But what about the...

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Forests Can Handle Hurricanes, Unless Humans Interfere

The Harvard Forest Hurricane Manipulation project in 1990. (Photo: Marcheterre Fluet)When Jerome Howard visited the forest in the Bayou Sauvage refuge after Hurricane Katrina, in May 2006, he found a...

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Tree Law is a Gnarly, Twisted Branch of the Legal System

A tree lawyer will help you determine liability when it comes to fallen trees. (Photo: slgckgc/CC BY 2.0)It begins almost like that familiar tree-falls-in-the-woods saying, if that saying grew up to...

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Found: Large And Deadly Nile Crocodiles, Now in Florida

These guys get big, and they will bite you. (Photo: Bernard Gagnon/CC BY-SA 3.0)Florida has crocodiles, but they are American crocodiles. The kind of crocodiles that look a little bit evil and, yeah,...

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Fancy Living in a Tree? Take a Look at These Dream Treehouses

A treehouse in France that lies nestled between two oak trees. (All Photos: Jacques Delacroix/Abrams Books)There is something wondrous about the idea of living in a tree. High off the ground and...

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Cannes Hotels Have Hired Hawks To Protect Celebrities From Seagulls

#Cannes: Hotel Martinez hires hawks to deter seagulls from approaching VIPsMore here ► https://t.co/PjQXfOfBoXpic.twitter.com/loTZ54zZdy— Hospitality ON En (@HospitalityON) May 18, 2016At France's...

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India Just Recorded Its Highest Temperature Ever

India sets new heat record as temperatures soar https://t.co/cAxj4DrX8Jpic.twitter.com/0CRUACgSyK— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 20, 2016It got hot in the central Indian town of Phalodi on Thursday. Very...

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How Trees Help Solve Murders

A paloverde tree stands guard in an Arizona desert. In 1993, one of these trees helped solve a crime when it dropped its distinct seeds into a murderer's pickup truck. (Photo: $1LENCE D00600D/CC BY-SA...

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The Scientific Squabble Over the Dodo Tree

The dodo is Mauritius's mascot. (Photo: Public Domain). Correlation is not causation. For some reason, as many times as this phrase gets repeated, it doesn't seem to get less true. And sometimes, this...

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This Burger King in Finland Has a Sauna in It

A Whopper in a sauna: Burger King spa opens in #Finlandhttps://t.co/joBdTFrTn8pic.twitter.com/zNzOMs4qna— The Straits Times (@STcom) May 19, 2016In Finland, saunas are a big deal. And the country...

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A Short History of Rakes, and Why You Should Think Twice About Using Them

But what do you do with leaves once they're on the ground? (Photo: Cristian Bortes/CC BY 2.0)A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of...

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Auschwitz Inmate's Gold Ring Found in Mug with False Bottom

(Photo: Mirosław Maciaszczyk)For 70 years, the mug pictured above held a secret: a necklace and gold ring, stored in a false bottom in a successful attempt to hide the valuables from the Germans during...

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