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Work Out in a Bank Vault in Baltimore's Art Deco Gym

The entrance to the Baltimore Trust Co. Building at 10 Light Street. (Photo: Vincent van Zeijst/CC BY-SA-3.0) The Baltimore Trust Co. building in Downtown Baltimore has a new ground-floor tenant—the Under Armour Performance Center. Finally,...Show More Summary

Lehman Caves in Baker, Nevada

Enter the Lehman Caves, and you’ll step into a dazzling and seemingly endless array of stalactites, stalagmites, and helictites reaching down from above and up from below. In total, the cave’s delicate ecosystem is home to over 300 rare...Show More Summary

The Best Visualization of Climate Change isn't a Graph—It's a Death Spiral

NOAA's land & ocean temperature records for April, 2016. Global temperatures can be broadly summarized as "unseasonably warm." (Illustration: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Public Domain) It’s been unseasonably warmShow More Summary

Spend a Night in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Secret Sewer Lair

Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes! (Photo: AirBnB) The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have made numerous pop culture contributions over the years—chief among them, making living in the sewers of New York City actually seem cool. Throughout...Show More Summary

The First Flying Subterranean Insect Discovered in One of the World's Deepest Caves

Photo of Troglocladius hajdi showing the pale color and the broad wings. (Photo: Anderson, et al. / CC BY-4.0) There are cave dwellers, and then there are obligate cave dwellers. Our view of what that means, though, might be totallyShow More Summary

University of Al-Karaouine in Fes, Morocco

The University of Al-Karaouine, also written as al-Quaraouiyine and al-Qarawiyyin (in Arabic: ????? ????????), is considered by the Guinness World Records as well as UNESCO as the oldest continuously operating, degree-granting university in the world. Show More Summary

Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick, United Kingdom

“Fraser-Smith. Charles Fraser-Smith”. OK, he wasn’t James Bond. But Charles Fraser-Smith, was thought to be the inspiration for the gadget guru “Q” in the Ian Fleming series, and served as an agent for Britain’s military intelligence arm during World War II. Show More Summary

A Previously Undiscovered Boa Constrictor Has Been Found

Amazing new silver boa constrictor species found on remote island — The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 27, 2016 Last year, a group of scientists were asleep on a remote island in the Bahamas...Show More Summary

Meet the Father of Modern Space Art

Saturn as seen from Titan, 1944 (Photo: Reproduced courtesy of Bonestell LLC) Twenty-five years before Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface, Chesley Bonestell showed humanity a view from Saturn's moon. The image, which showed...Show More Summary

Man Mound in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Sprawled across a rural county road in the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin are... the severed legs of an ancient humanoid giant? The Mound Builder civilization that once thrived in the American heartland left thousands of strange earthworks scattered over the land, mostly next to rivers. Show More Summary

Murals of Maxo Vanka in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tucked away in the gritty working-class Pittsburgh suburb of Millvale and hidden behind the walls of an unprepossessing Catholic church are some of the most extraordinary and overlooked murals of the 1930s and '40s. Created in protest...Show More Summary

Psychiatrie-Museum Bern in Ostermundigen, Šveits

On the beautiful grounds of the University of Psychiatric Services, at the location of the former Waldau Insane Asylum stands a small museum displaying the history of psychiatric care. The museum was begun in 1914 by doctor Walter Morgenthaler who worked in the Waldau clinic. Show More Summary

Exploring the Secrets of Soothing Spaceship Sound

You can almost hear the ship just looking at it. (Photo: Property of Paramount Pictures/Screencap by Eric Grundhauser) You would think, with the decades of Star Trek film, movies, books, websites, conventions and holidays, there'd be nothing new for a fan to discover in the series. Show More Summary

Found: Bacteria Resistant to the Drug of Last Resort

E.coli. (Photo: NIAID) In Pennsylvania, in April, a 49-year-old woman came into an clinic complaining of a urinary tract infection. But what was ailing her was much scarier than a basic UTI. Her urine samples contained E. coli that carried...Show More Summary

Watch Men Dressed as Devils Jump Over Babies

Men in devilish yellow-and-red jumpsuits leaping over tiny, supine babies? If you're in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia this Sunday, you can see this happen live. Baby-jumping is the main event of El Colacho, an annual festival that takes place in Castrillo de Murcia following the religious feast of Corpus Christi. Show More Summary

No More Seal Selfies, Says NOAA

Do not be tempted by this photogenic grey seal. (Photo: Mateusz Wlodarczyk/CC BY-SA 4.0) Imagine: it's the tail end of Memorial Day Weekend. All your friends have been posting pictures of themselves laughing it up in various attractive early summer situations. Show More Summary

Why the Future of America's Clearest Lake Is Murky

Cliff jumping at Crater Lake. (Photo: Andy Spearing/CC BY 2.0) Oregon's Crater Lake is, essentially, a giant, clear-blue puddle, 1,984 feet deep. It's the deepest lake in America, and the seventh deepest in the world. If you plopped One World Trade Center down on the lake's lowest point, its tip would still be under water. Show More Summary

The TSA's Instagram Features Highly Bizarre Confiscated Items

Talk about deadheading... This crusty ol' chap is actually a prop from the #TexasChainsawMassacre movie. He was brought through a checkpoint at the Atlanta (#ATL) International Airport, where as you can see, he was screened and sent on his jolly way. Show More Summary

Musket Balls, Fake Teeth and More Found Beneath Malcolm X's Childhood Home

Joseph Bagley with a handful of 18th and 19th century ceramic shards, unexpectedly unearthed at the Malcolm X House in Roxbury, Massachusetts. (Photo: Joseph Bagley/City of Boston Archaeology Program) On a recent Thursday afternoon,Show More Summary

The Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Whether for the purpose of health, animal welfare, or for environmental preservation, vegetarianism and veganism are surging in popularity nationwide. From 2009 to 2015, the number of vegetarians and vegans in America grew from three...Show More Summary

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