Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How a 1,000-Year Old Tree Withstood Harvey, The True Story of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond, How Seabirds Navigate Open Water and More

 
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Despite Harvey's Wrath, This 1,000-Year Old Tree Still Stands Tall
 
Despite Harvey's Wrath, This 1,000-Year Old Tree Still Stands Tall
 
 
Medieval Graveyards Unearth London's Violent Past
 
Medieval Graveyards Unearth London's Violent Past
 
 
The True Story of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond—And Why the British Won't Give It Back
 
The True Story of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond—And Why the British Won’t Give It Back
 
 
Costa Rica Let a Juice Company Dump Their Orange Peels in the Forest—and It Helped
 
Costa Rica Let a Juice Company Dump Their Orange Peels in the Forest—and It Helped
 
 
Desegregation Came Early at the Texas Prison Rodeo
 
Desegregation Came Early at the Texas Prison Rodeo
 
 
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Descend into the World's Iciest Gateway to Hell
 
Descend into the World’s Iciest Gateway to Hell
 
 
Courageous WWII Spy Jeannie Rousseau Has Died at 98
 
Courageous WWII Spy Jeannie Rousseau Has Died at 98
 
 
Colorado Construction Crew Unearths 66-Million-Year-Old Triceratops Fossil
 
Colorado Construction Crew Unearths 66-Million-Year-Old Triceratops Fossil
 
 
Get Your Hamilton Fix With This New Trove of Digitized Documents
 
Get Your Hamilton Fix With This New Trove of Digitized Documents
 
 
The Case Thurgood Marshall Never Forgot
 
The Case Thurgood Marshall Never Forgot
 
 
The Author of 'Frankenstein' Also Wrote a Post-Apocalyptic Plague Novel
 
The Author of ‘Frankenstein’ Also Wrote a Post-Apocalyptic Plague Novel
 
 
New Letters Show Alan Turing Wasn't a Fan of the U.S.A.
 
New Letters Show Alan Turing Wasn't a Fan of the U.S.A.
 
 
A Neural Network Attempted to Write the Next Game of Thrones Book
 
A Neural Network Attempted to Write the Next Game of Thrones Book
 
 
The Vacuum Cleaner Was Harder to Invent Than You Might Think
 
The Vacuum Cleaner Was Harder to Invent Than You Might Think
 
 
Ai Weiwei Depicts the Brutality of Authoritarianism in an Unusual Medium–Legos
 
Ai Weiwei Depicts the Brutality of Authoritarianism in an Unusual Medium–Legos
 
 
This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionality
 
This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionality
 
 
Seabirds Use Their Sense of Smell to Navigate Open Water
 
Seabirds Use Their Sense of Smell to Navigate Open Water
 
 
Today in History
 
On this day in 1963, a "hotline" connecting the president of the United States and the premier of the Soviet Union became operational. The need for a line of communication between the two nuclear superpowers was agreed upon in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Still, read why Hollywood's depiction of a red phone in the White House and the Kremlin isn't quite accurate.
 
 
 
 
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A tractor plows fields at sunset in Andalucia.
 
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