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The World's Longest and Deepest Tunnel to Open in Switzerland

Inside the Gotthard Base Tunnel. (Photo: Hannes Ortlieb/CC BY-SA 3.0)In a little more than a week, the longest and deepest tunnel of its kind will open to trains.The Gotthard Base Tunnel, in southern...

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A 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe from China Has Just Been Unveiled

(Photo: Jeremy Keith/CC BY 2.0)A very, very old beer recipe has been discovered in China, and it is notable for its use of barley, which scientists had previously thought ancient Chinese did not have...

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We Took a Celebrity Dog Trainer to a New York City Dog Park

(Photo: Tao Tao Holmes/Atlas Obscura)On this spring day, celebrity pet trainer Bash Dibra walks with Delilah (nickname: Dee) by his side. Once shy and skittish, the English sheepdog is basically...

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The 3,800-Year-Old Mummy of a Middle Kingdom Noblewoman Has Been Found

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced on Tuesday that they had discovered the 3,800-year-old remains of Lady Sattjeni, whose family ruled Elephantine, the tactically-important Egyptian isle near...

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Why Beards Are There to Impress Other Men—Not Women

Pedro II of Brazil. (Photo: Matthew Brady/Public Domain)This article was written by Tamsin Saxton, Northumbria University.What is the point of a beard, evolutionarily speaking? Children, women, and a...

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The Early, State-Sanctioned LSD Experiments in Communist Bulgaria

Prof. Marina Boyadjieva (first row, second right) with colleagues from the Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment in Neurology and Psychiatry St. Naum in Sofia, Bulgaria. (All Photos: Jordan...

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Starkly Beautiful Brutalist Buildings, Photographed in Black and White

Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego, California, USA, 1970 by William Pereira & Associates. (Photo: Courtesy University of California, San Diego)The building above might not be the...

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The Inevitable, Intergalactic Awkwardness of Time Capsules

The Golden Record is affixed to the Voyager 1 spacecraft, 29 July 1979. (Photo: NASA/Public Domain)The year is… let's say it's 42026. You're cruising along your regular orbit, minding your own...

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Stop Trespassing On Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring

Better just stick to the path around the Grand Prismatic Spring. (Photo: James St. John/CC BY 2.0)Just because you’ve got an upbeat social media presence and enough money to travel around making...

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Found: 70 Hidden Cave Paintings From 14,500 Years Ago

The drawings on the wall. (Photo: Provincial County of Bizkaia)In a cave in northern Spain’s Basque country, at least 70 cave paintings have been hiding for thousands of years. Axturra cave was first...

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The Taj Mahal Is Turning Green

The Taj Mahal in its regular garb. (Photo: Shikhar Sharma/CC BY-SA 3.0)The Taj Mahal, one of the world's most-visited monuments, draws 20,000 people every day.Over the past few weeks, though, Agra's...

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Meet ‘Deadshot Mary,’ a 1930s Undercover Cop Superstar

Mary Shanley, New York City detective, photographed in 1937. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-134710)On June 20th, 1938, pedestrians near bustling Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan were treated to...

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These Artists Twist Thousands of Rubik's Cubes a Day to Create Massive Murals

Josh Chalom, creative director of Cube Works, stands in front of a mural made of almost 86,000 Rubik's Cubes in Macau, China. (All Photos: Cube Works Studio).A group of artists hunch over a massive,...

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Grizzlies and Polar Bears Are Going to Be Fornicating More

Grizzly-polar bear hybrid shot dead in Canada brings new global warming fears https://t.co/rXFDEqT0Kbpic.twitter.com/a3LjTupnxe— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 25, 2016Grizzly bears, like most species,...

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Classic Carnival Rides Are Flight Simulators in Disguise

The very rare Fly-O-Plane. (Photo: Martin Lewison/CC BY-SA 2.0)Lee Eyerly wasn’t trying to give anyone a thrill. The inventor was trying to help people learn how to fly. The flight simulator he built...

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Watch a Man Play a Flamethrowing Guitar on His Roof

There is a scene in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road in which Immortan Joe's army rides into battle upon their modified hot rods and warrior wagons. One of the most distinctive vehicles in his army is...

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They Found a WWII-Era Submarine With Bodies in It Off the Coast of Sardinia

A torpedo is loaded on to the HMS P311. (Photo: Ministry of Information/Public Domain)The life of the HMS P311 was short. A British Royal Navy submarine, it was launched in March 1942, and formally...

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How The Medical Cadaver Finally Got the Respect it Deserves

The 16th century anatomist Andreas Vesalius. (Photo: Boston Public Library/CC BY 2.0)Dead bodies are taboo. Rituals and rites regarding them differ from one religion and culture to the next, but in...

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This Cryptozoology Museum Just Installed A New Bigfoot

More about Elwood. https://t.co/Qn1pbsCj0Z@Mandate33@ThompsonsPoint#Bigfoot#CryptozoologyMuseum@Bgfootwhispererpic.twitter.com/vS0NitykwU— Loren Coleman (@CryptoLoren) May 25, 2016Bigfoot has been...

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Everyone Thought It Was Art When These Clever Teens Put Glasses on a Museum...

A MOMA visitor enjoys the new exhibit. (Photo: Twitter)This past Monday, California teen TJ Khayatan and a few of his friends headed to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to destress after finals....

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