Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Short-Lived State of Franklin, Why Onions Make You Cry, How the Hashtag Reshaped the Internet and More

 
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X-Rays Reveal Details of Portrait Once Hidden Under Vesuvius' Ash
 
X-Rays Reveal Details of Portrait Once Hidden Under Vesuvius' Ash
 
 
Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control
 
Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control
 
 
The True Story of the Short-Lived State of Franklin
 
The True Story of the Short-Lived State of Franklin
 
 
One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank
 
One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank
 
 
The Six-Day Hostage Standoff That Gave Rise to 'Stockholm Syndrome'
 
The Six-Day Hostage Standoff That Gave Rise to ‘Stockholm Syndrome’
 
 
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Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Style
 
Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Style
 
 
After the Civil War, African-American Veterans Created a Home of Their Own: Unionville
 
After the Civil War, African-American Veterans Created a Home of Their Own: Unionville
 
 
This Enzyme Is Why Onions Make You Cry
 
This Enzyme Is Why Onions Make You Cry
 
 
Violent Snowstorms May Rack the Martian Night
 
Violent Snowstorms May Rack the Martian Night
 
 
This Lab Replicates Weapons to Reveal Stone Age Feats of Engineering
 
This Lab Replicates Weapons to Reveal Stone Age Feats of Engineering
 
 
Fannie Farmer Was the Original Rachael Ray
 
Fannie Farmer Was the Original Rachael Ray
 
 
A Decade Ago, the Hashtag Reshaped the Internet
 
A Decade Ago, the Hashtag Reshaped the Internet
 
 
German Abstract Art Pioneer K.O. Götz Dies at 103
 
German Abstract Art Pioneer K.O. Götz Dies at 103
 
 
Will Statues of a Doctor Who Experimented on Enslaved People Come Down Next?
 
Will Statues of a Doctor Who Experimented on Enslaved People Come Down Next?
 
 
Why 'Happy Days' — and the Fonz — Never Truly 'Jumped the Shark'
 
Why 'Happy Days' — and the Fonz — Never Truly 'Jumped the Shark'
 
 
Walk in the Footsteps of Alexander Hamilton on This Tiny Caribbean Island
 
Walk in the Footsteps of Alexander Hamilton on This Tiny Caribbean Island
 
 
Esperanza Spalding's Pop Culture Loves
 
Esperanza Spalding’s Pop Culture Loves
 
 
Today in History
 
On this day in 1861, Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow was arrested by detective Allan Pinkerton, who led the counterintelligence effort for the Union. Read why Greenhow was one of the Confederacy's most valuable spies.
 
 
 
 
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Thousands of people live in similar conditions in and all around Johannesburg, South Africa. To survive, many of them collect bottles and other recycling materials. Aerial image (shot from a plane at sunset).
 
"Johannesburg" Photo by Jassen Todorov
 
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