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waterworks

These Hardworking Mussels Monitor Poland's Drinking Water

Polish cities trust their water quality to elite shellfish teams.
June 14, 2024
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spiders

Baby Spiders Are 'Addicted' to Flying With Mini Balloons

From Himalayan jumping spiders to brown widows, arachnids love to float over your head.
May 24, 2024
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rodents

Wild Life: Prairie Dog Language

In a preview of our new book, we listen closely to critters saying a lot more that you'd think.
May 17, 2024
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honey

Wild Life: Helpful Honeyguides

In a preview of our new book, we meet birds that form a sweet alliance with people.
May 3, 2024
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poaching

Wild Life: Oxpeckers

In a preview of our new book, we meet a small bird that makes a blood pact with a large mammal.
March 29, 2024
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naturecultures

The Small but Wonderful World of Bird Memorials

A statue in Maine made for a vagrant hawk offers one way to honor these fleeting visitors. Flaco fans take note.
March 21, 2024
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bats

Wild Life: Tent-Making Bats

In a preview of our new book, we meet bats that construct tiny abodes of leaves, with built-in security alarms.
March 15, 2024
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wildlife

Announcing Atlas Obscura's Upcoming Book: Wild Life!

This fall, we're offering a stunning, all-new guide to the world's living wonders.
March 13, 2024
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naturecultures

The Many Lives of ‘Sounds of North American Frogs’

This metamorphic record is a teaching tool, a flirtation device, a college radio favorite, a nostalgic object, and more. BOOP!
January 23, 2024
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borders

The Man Who Went to War With Canada

For centuries, the United States and Canada’s only remaining land border dispute has been kept alive by a single family.
September 29, 2019
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tortoises

The Celebrity Tortoise Breakup That Rocked the World

In 2011, after nearly a century together, Galápagos tortoises Bibi and Poldi called it quits. We still don’t know why.
February 13, 2019
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molasses

The Boston Molasses Flood Is Worth Taking Seriously

In 1919, a viscous 40-foot wave slammed into the city's North End, killing 21 people.
January 15, 2019
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politics

How Nevada Became the Only State Where You Can Vote for 'None of These Candidates'

In some years, a good option.
November 6, 2018
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cities

Non-Human Mammals Love the Suburbs, Too

A new study suggests they're learning to live in the urban sprawl.
October 5, 2018
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extinct animals

How to Write an Opera About Locusts

In Wyoming, a buzzworthy bug mystery hits the stage.
October 3, 2018
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turtles

96 Rare Baby Sea Turtles Just Hatched in Queens, New York

If they can make it there, they'll make it anywhere.
October 3, 2018
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european tree of the year

Voting Is Open for the U.K.'s Tree of the Year

Candidates include a tunnel made of yews, the flaky-barked "Filo Tree," and a hawthorn planted on a giant's grave.
September 28, 2018
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data

We're Hardly Using Any of Our Fossils

The vast majority are languishing in museum storage. Is it time to dig them up all over again?
September 26, 2018
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antarctic

For Sale: The First Book Printed in Antarctica

It's filled with funny accounts from Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod expedition.
September 24, 2018
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treehouses

After Five Years of Living in Trees, a Protest Community Is Being Evicted

They've been trying to stop coal mining in Germany's Hambach Forest.
September 21, 2018
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insects

Found: A Pescatarian Praying Mantis

Go big or go home.
September 20, 2018
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helicopters

Why Helicopters Are Flying Mountain Goats Over Washington State

The salt-loving, tourist-stalking goats of Olympic National Park are moving out.
September 19, 2018
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media

Welcome Back, Hunger Stones

In the past, the appearance of these rocks has portended bad famines, good wine, or nothing at all.
September 14, 2018
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crafts

We Finally Know What Job This 3,000-Year-Old Skeleton Had

And it’s all thanks to her peculiarly damaged bones.
September 13, 2018