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Thursday, August 24, 2017
The Best Image of a Star Beyond Our Solar System, A Rare White Koala, Interactive Map Tracks Ireland's Mysterious Naked Sculptures and More
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What Led Benjamin Franklin to Live Estranged From His Wife for Nearly Two Decades?
Why African-American Soldiers Saw World War II as a Two-Front Battle
This Is the Best Image of a Star Beyond Our Solar System (Yet)
Interactive Map Tracks Ireland’s Mysterious Naked Sculptures
Thousands of Invasive Salmon Escape From Farm in Pacific Northwest
National Monuments Review Suggests "Handful" of Boundary Changes
Scott Kelly's Journey Home After His Year in Space
Jean-Michel Basquiat's Artwork Is Appreciated Now More Than Ever
This 19th Century Lady Doctor Helped Usher Indian Women Into Medicine
PSA: Do Not Place Your Child in an 800-Year-Old Coffin
Why the Can Opener Wasn't Invented Until Almost 50 Years After the Can
Woman Wins $417 Million in Lawsuit Tying Baby Powder to Ovarian Cancer
Air & Space
In Pursuit of the Perfect Spacesuit
Australian Zoo Asks For Help Naming Rare White Koala
Bite Into the Whys Behind State Fair Food
Could Astronauts Harvest Nutrients From Their Waste?
At the Smithsonian's First Asian-American Lit Fest, Writers Share Falooda, Politics and Poetry
How the New York Stock Exchange Gave Abbie Hoffman His Start in Guerrilla Theater
How Many Ways Can Snake Venom Kill You and More Questions From Our Readers
On this day in
British soldiers invaded Washington, D.C.
, and proceeded to burn the White House to the ground. The War of 1812 ended months later, when British and American representatives signed a peace treaty in Belgium.
Read how First Lady Dolley Madison became a potent symbol for her country in the days leading up to the siege of the capital city.
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