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Tremendous Triceratops

When it comes to skeletons, dinosaurs are history’s champs. Andrew Kirk takes a look at some of the skeletons these creatures left behind—and what they’ve taught us—in his book, Skeletons: The Extraordinary Form & Function of Read More

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The Fury of the Whale

Remember reading Moby-Dick, Herman Melville’s tale of a devil of a whale versus Ahab, the captain of Pequod? Ahab sought revenge on the white whale, which had destroyed his previous ship and severed the captain’s leg at the knee. Well, that Read More

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An Up-Close Look at 5 Unique Snowflakes

The winter solstice is almost upon us, and for most of us, that means snow is coming. Snowflakes are beautiful works of art by nature, but sometimes it is hard to see their real beauty. Kenneth Libbrecht has worked tirelessly to document Read More

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The First Snowflake Photography

Snowflakes are unique and beautiful. They are so delicate that they can be incredibly hard to capture. The first snowflake camera was invented in 1885, when Wilson Bentley attached a microscope to a camera to accurately see the details of Read More

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Travel + Adventure

A Day at the Park

From amber waves of grain to purple mountain majesties, there was a point in time when America's natural beauty was not being protected. The Twentieth Century in 100 Moments talks about the creation of the US National Park Read More

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Sand

So you're about to head out to a beautiful beach for Spring Break. You can already feel the sun on your skin and the sand between your toes. But do you really know what that sand is made of? The Secrets of Sand  give you an in-depth, Read More

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The Origins of Sand

From vast coastal beaches and reefs to sprawling mountains and rivers, sand is all around us, and it tells us much about the history of our planet. At first sight, sand is a monochromatic field of an indistinguishable nature, and yet under Read More

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Travel + Adventure

Home Again: Darwin’s Return to England

Charles Darwin's famed travel memoir The Voyage of the Beagle is the ultimate tale of adventure, travel, and discovery---but in the end, we all find time to go home again. Whether you're preparing to head home for the holidays or you'll be Read More

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Travel + Adventure

Making Port in Tasmania

Australia's island of Tasmania is filled with some of the most beautiful nature in the world. In fact, nearly half the island is made up of reserves and national parks! It's no wonder tourists travel to this out-of-the-way location in Read More

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Travel + Adventure

Earthquakes and Explorations on the Island of Chiloe

Mother Nature is full of plenty of surprises---even for Charles Darwin. Darwin encountered his fair share of adventure during his time sailing around the world on the Beagle, but one he probably never forgot was the day he was less than 500 Read More

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The Natural World

The Secrets of Sand: Tropical Sand

It's easy to get caught up in the big world we live in, but it's quite fulfilling to take a moment out of your day to examine the little things. A truly fascinating way to do this is to take a peek at The Secrets of Sand: A Journey into the Read More

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Video: The Secrets of Sand

To the naked eye, the tiny particles that make up sand are less than inspiring. But the microscope tells a different story. Authors Gary Greenberg, Carol Kiely, and Kate Clover took it upon themselves to reveal the secret lives of various Read More