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July 24th marks double jackpot for the intrepid explorers of years past as well for as fans of the latest photographic trend, "ruin porn."
July 24, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Though in tatters, the undergarment looks thoroughly modern. But was it comfortable!?
July 23, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Reading while traveling can serve as a sensory supplement to one's surrounding environment. Here's a list of some of my favorite books and where to read them
July 21, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Forty three years ago today, the crew of Apollo 11 set down on the surface of the Moon. In the event that things had gone horribly wrong, Safire had a speech ready for then-President Nixon
July 20, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
With perhaps 600 million strays skirmishing for food on the fringe of the human world, street dogs are a common element of travel just about everywhere
July 18, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Vampires, Axe Murderers and Monsters from the Deep: Smithsonian's Reading Guide for All Things Halloween
July 16, 2012 | By Smithsonian.com
In the 1860’s the Lower East Side was deluged in a wave of immigrants from Germany; known as Klein Deutschland, it had the 5th largest German-speaking population among cities in the world at the time
July 11, 2012 | By Susan Spano
Telstar 1, which launched into orbit 50 years ago today, was the world's first commercial satellite, and a testament to international, and government-industry, cooperation.
July 10, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
This weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis for STS-135, the final Shuttle mission, and artist McLean Fanestock 's video Grand Finale 2010-11 brings the Shuttles' 30 year tenure together by simultaneously displaying all 135 flights, from 1981 right on through to 2011.
July 09, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Its bark is fire resistant. Its fruit is edible. It scoffs at the driest droughts. It shrugs, and another decade has passed. It is the baobab tree, one of the longest-living, strangest looking plants in the world
July 05, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
July 5th, 1946 is classically regarded as the birth date of what we now call the bikini. But that version of history misses the long view.
July 05, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The seething rage over CERN's font choice drives the question: How would the world have reacted to Newton's world-changing tome had Comic Sans existed at the time?
July 05, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Going abroad needn’t mean going flabby—determined globe-trotters can find pull-up bars and other outdoor gymnastics equipment in some of the most unexpected places.
July 03, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
A cork tree stripped of its bark will be harvested again in nine years—if people are still using cork by then
June 28, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
In the latest chapter of the series, we look at how bathing suits came to be an integral part of the Miss America competition
June 28, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
In this part of Europe, a glass of rioja is nice, but nothing beats apple cider, a way of life
June 27, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
As the planet bids goodbye to Lonesome George, the last of a subspecies of Galapagos tortoises, the world welcomes a new conservation-hope poster child. After a 15-month pregnancy, Ratu, a captive endangered Sumatran rhino, gave birth to a healthy male calf late Sunday night in Sumatra, Indonesia. Fewer than 275 of the critically endangered animals [...]
June 26, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Not sure about you, but I wouldn’t want to live in a world where genetically engineered replicant robots prowled the dank, steel-and-microchip urban jungles a la Blade Runner. Likewise for the Minority Report future in which creepy pale kids call people out for murders they had not yet committed. It’s been 30 years since Blade Runner [...]
June 22, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
About a dozen Spanish streams support native runs of Atlantic salmon, but anglers are deeply divided about how to fish for them
June 21, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
From Eagle Summit in Alaska's White Mountains, watch as the sun dips, dips, dips---but remains just above the horizon
June 19, 2012 | By Alastair Bland