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Jupiter Is Even Weirder Than We Thought

We've known for a long time that Jupiter is a giant, weird planet. But we may have underestimated just how weird. The Juno spacecraft, launched in 2011, just sent back its first batch of scientific data and it is a doozy. The gas giant...Show More Summary

Brazilian Doctors Are Using Fish Skin to Treat Burn Victims

Tilapia isn’t just a delicious seafood option. The little fish is lately being used to treat severe burn victims. As Reuters is reporting (along with a series of somewhat unsettling process photos), doctors in Brazil have begun experimenting...Show More Summary

Carousel on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Scores of visitors pass by this iconic carousel every summer as they walk the gravel paths along the National Mall and Air and Space Museum. They may not realize that this rotating children's ride has a history more interesting thanShow More Summary

Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl, South Africa

The Afrikaans language, spoken mainly in South Africa and Namibia, originated as a dialect of Dutch, brought to the Cape area by settlers from the Dutch East India Company in the late 17th century. "Afrikaans" is the Dutch word for "African,"...Show More Summary

Museum of Fond Memories at Reed Books in Birmingham, Alabama

When Jim Reed’s growing collection of books and random objects started taking over his family's house, he knew there was only one thing to do. He set up a bookstore, in 1980.  Reed Books is a rare and unusual book store, also housing the "Museum of Fond Memories." This unique shop contains books as old as 500 years and more contemporary books. Show More Summary

Getting to Know the Bathtub Marys of Somerville, Massachusetts

Somerville, Massachusetts doesn’t attract many pilgrims. Spend enough time walking its narrow streets, though, and you’re guaranteed a particular kind of religious experience. It may reveal itself proudly in a front yard, or sneak up on you in a side yard. Show More Summary

Scientists Have Figured Out How Floating Islands Work

There are islands in the ocean that don't show up on any map and that no one will also ever set foot on. Known as pumice rafts, these "islands" are made of volcanic rocks, and instead of being anchored to the seafloor they float wherever the currents take them. Show More Summary

Daguerre Monument in Washington, D.C.

There are many photo opportunities in Washington, D.C. today, but perhaps none as fitting as the memorial to Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the first viable photographic process, the daguerrotype. The process of reproducing images by light exposure was first invented by a man named Nicéphore Niépce in 1822. Show More Summary

Center of the Universe Sign in Seattle, Washington

Since no one can absolutely prove that it is not, a group of scientists in a bar reasoned in 1991 that Fremont, a neighborhood of Seattle, is as good a Center of the Universe as any. A guidepost was put up that year to indicate as much,...Show More Summary

Beautiful Miniature Books That Are Worth Sacrificing Your Eyesight For

In 1896, the Salmin Brothers, a Padua-based publishing company, produced Galileo a Madama Cristina de Lorena (Galileo's Letter to Christina). It had an embossed cover and slipcase, but it had another, exceptional feature: It was sized at just 0.7 by 0.4 inches. Show More Summary

Delectable Mountain Cloth in Guilford, Vermont

Elegant brocades, fine damasks and velvets, delicate batistes and organzas, and the most exquisite lace conjure up visions of the fashion and majesty of a different era. You may catch a glimpse of many of these rarer types of fabricShow More Summary

The Scandalous Life of Leprosy Advocate Kate Marsden

The Russian village of Sosnovka, in the Sakha Republic, is not the sort of place that a person travels to on a whim. The republic is part of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District, which, at 2,382,000 square miles, is nearly the size of India. Show More Summary

The Dramatic Courtroom Demo Designed to Expose Arsenic Murders

In the premiere episode of the FX series Taboo the protagonist, James Delaney (Tom Hardy), takes advantage of a local doctor's moral flexibility to quietly exhume his father’s body and determine the cause of death, which he believes to be decidedly unnatural. Show More Summary

A Moscow University Has Erected a Monument to Peer Review

Anonymous peer review is a cornerstone of the modern academic world—a way to double-check and evaluate scholarly work before it is made public. It can also be a soul-crushing wake-up call when things don’t go so well. Love it or hate...Show More Summary

The Unspectacular End of Star N6946-BH1

N6946-BH1 had a long, glowing life. A red supergiant star that hung in a spiral galaxy 22 million light years away from the Milky Way, it was 25 times the size of the Earth's sun, and blazed about 100,000 times more brightly. Astronomers would have expected a star of its size to have an appropriately dramatic death. Show More Summary

Admission Day Monument Octopi in San Francisco, California

Two crumpled octopi slump at the base of a sculpture at Market and Montgomery Streets in San Francisco, California. What has got them so upset? The sculpture is the Admission Day Monument, unveiled in 1897 commemorating the day that California became the 31 st state in the union, on September 9, 1850. Show More Summary

Found: A Mysterious SOS Sign in the Australian Outback

Deep in the Australian desert, in a remote area not accessible by car, a helicopter pilot spotted an SOS sign earlier this week, Australia's ABC News reports. The sign is made up of stones arranged in an unmistakeable distress signal,...Show More Summary

This Dog Sits on Seven Editorial Boards

An associate editor for the Global Journal of Addiction & Rehabilitation Medicine, Olivia Doll, lists some very unusual research interests, such as "avian propinquity to canines in metropolitan suburbs" and "the benefits of abdominal...Show More Summary

How a Synagogue Caretaker Solved the Mystery of a Forgotten Graveyard

Not so long ago, in Plymouth, England, Jerry Sibley headed out to visit the old Jewish graveyard. As the custodian of the Plymouth Synagogue, he was investigating a called-in complaint about trees at the cemetery messing up the phone lines of a neighboring house. Show More Summary

A Ghostly White Moose Was Captured on Video in Newfoundland

Newfoundland photographer Gerald Gale recently caught some video of an ultra-rare white moose in the wild. In the video, shared on CBC News, the stark animal can be seen moving out of some woods and across a two-track dirt road. He pauses for a moment to regard the photographer, looking to all the world like some kind of spirit guide. Show More Summary

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