Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How the U.S. Really Got Alaska, Collecting Water From Clouds, Hike Through the World's Largest Organisms and More

 
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There Are Two Versions of the Story of How the U.S. Purchased Alaska From Russia
 
There Are Two Versions of the Story of How the U.S. Purchased Alaska From Russia
 
 
Where to Hike to (and Through) the World's Largest Organisms
 
Where to Hike to (and Through) the World's Largest Organisms
 
 
Mice Have Called Human Houses Home for 15,000 Years
 
Mice Have Called Human Houses Home for 15,000 Years
 
 
This Little-Known Math Genius Helped America Reach the Stars
 
This Little-Known Math Genius Helped America Reach the Stars
 
 
U.S. Heroin Use Has Risen Dramatically Since 2001
 
U.S. Heroin Use Has Risen Dramatically Since 2001
 
 
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Coca-Cola's Creator Said the Drink Would Make You Smarter
 
Coca-Cola’s Creator Said the Drink Would Make You Smarter
 
 
Norway Proposes World's First Mile-Long Tunnel for Ships
 
Norway Proposes World's First Mile-Long Tunnel for Ships
 
 
N.W.A., NPR Among This Year's National Recording Registry Inductees
 
N.W.A., NPR Among This Year’s National Recording Registry Inductees
 
 
This Device Collects Water From the Clouds
 
This Device Collects Water From the Clouds
 
 
What Really Made Primate Brains So Big?
 
What Really Made Primate Brains So Big?
 
 
Panther Kittens Spotted in Florida Give Hope for Their Species' Survival
 
Panther Kittens Spotted in Florida Give Hope for Their Species' Survival
 
 
People Piqued by Plans to Place LED Lights in Rome
 
People Piqued by Plans to Place LED Lights in Rome
 
 
 Before 1929, Nobody Thought the President Needed a Telephone in his Office
 
Before 1929, Nobody Thought the President Needed a Telephone in his Office
 
 
Can Playing Tetris Block Traumatic Memories?
 
Can Playing Tetris Block Traumatic Memories?
 
 
12 Cafés Every History Buff Needs to Visit
 
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NASA Launches the Galaxy's Most Glorious Space Database
 
NASA Launches the Galaxy’s Most Glorious Space Database
 
 
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In 1790, John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Virginia. Tyler was the first vice president to succeed to the presidency after President William Henry Harrison died in April 1841. Tyler also notably fathered the most children of any President—a total of 15. Read how it's possible that two of his grandchildren are still alive today.
 
 
 
 
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Both male and female Nenets wear hip-high reindeer skin boots consisting of an inner (Tobaki) and outer boot (Kisy). In this image, Nadia Serotetto is preparing hide for boots she'll sew using sinew as thread.   Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia
 
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