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By A. F. Litt | History, Art, Science, Travel, and a little bit of everything!

A tiny hedgehog went camping and it's the best thing ever

<b>Need cheering up? Meet Azuki the travelling hedgehog - definitely the most adorable camper you’ll see all year.</b><p>He is a Japanese Instagram star with …

Hedgehogs

‘The Big Dark’: Series Of Storms Stretching From China To U.S. Batters Northwest

NOAA has described the phenomenon as a "river in the sky."<p>A 5,000-mile-long belt of rain is battering the Northwest this week, an “atmospheric river” stretching across the Pacific Ocean from China to British Columbia.<p>The storm system, which some weather officials have described as “The Big Dark,” …

Weather

NASA says it’s hard to ignore the evidence of a ‘Planet Nine’

We might not actually know how many planets are in our solar system — and no, this isn’t a trick regarding Pluto’s status. For years, scientists have …

Astronomy

Hurricane Ophelia is one extremely weird storm

It's rare for hurricanes to tread these waters.<p>Hurricane Ophelia is an odd storm. It’s a picture-perfect hurricane with winds around 90 MPH, but that’s not the odd part, of course. What makes this storm weird is its location. It’s way out in the Atlantic, where it’s usually too cool for hurricanes …

Weather

Here's The True Story Behind The Collapse of The Mysterious Easter Island Culture

No, they didn't destroy their island.<p>For a long while it wasn't clear whether the island's native population originated in Polynesia or South America.<p>…

Anthropology

Slough

The foundations under the house<p>are three feet tall.<p>A cobbled path<p>leads into a chain link fence,<p>crawling with blackberry vines.<p>I built a swing set …

Columbia River

Wild Sand Kittens Have Just Been Caught On Film For The First Time Ever And They’re Too Adorable

The kittens, aged between six to eight weeks old, were spotted by a big cat organisation called Panthera, who spent around an hour taking images of …

Cats

This Columbus Day, a reminder that Christopher Columbus was “a murderous moron”

Adam Ruins Everything explains that the popular myth of Christopher Columbus gets a lot wrong.<p>It’s Columbus Day, so it’s as good a time as any to clarify that much of what you were probably taught about Christopher Columbus in elementary school was very wrong.<p>In a short video, <i>Adam Ruins Everything</i> …

Christopher Columbus

Why the Legend of Christopher Columbus Is a Lie

Few stories in American history are as monolithic as the story of Columbus's "discovery" of America, and American children grow up believing a tale …

Christopher Columbus

The 'Devil’s Swimming Pool' on the edge of Victoria Falls is for adrenaline junkies only

Victoria Falls, without question, should be on every serious traveler’s bucket list — especially adrenaline junkies who are willing to risk it all for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.<p>The 354-foot-high falls, which are one of the seven natural wonders of the world, are a truly stunning sight to see. …

List-Worthy

Indigenous Peoples Day: 4 Things to Know

And it’s “Peoples,” not “People’s,” FYI.<p>It’s “Peoples,” not “People’s,” FYI.<p>Christopher Columbus’s journal entry about the indigenous people he encountered on October 11, 1492 — the day he stumbled upon present-day Haiti — reads like an elegant preface to genocide. “They should be good servants and …

Social Justice

Why Haven't We Found Christopher Columbus's Ships?

The remains of the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria have proved elusive despite decades of searching.<p>This year marks the 525th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's first Transatlantic expedition, a voyage that the Italian explorer expected would take him to Asia. Instead, his crew sighted land …

Archaeology

The Most Beautiful Death Trap

The ethereal allure of a cave full of glowworms masks a sinister purpose and a weird origin story.<p>At first, they look like stars. I see them as I gaze upward at the ceiling of a flooded, pitch-black cave—hundreds of blue pinpricks. As my eyes habituate to the darkness, more and more of them …

Insects

Legendary Photos from Historic National Geographic Expeditions

Look back at National Geographic's epic adventures through these classic and previously unpublished images.<p>National Geographic has been exploring the world and bringing back its most compelling stories since 1888. At its start, the Society sought to promote public understanding of science and …

National Parks

The Future of Electric Vehicles May Lie Below Ancient Supervolcanoes

L L ithium-ion batteries are the fuel source of the future, already powering nearly every electronic gadget in your house and soon most cars on the …

Geology

How to Conquer Your First Slot Canyon

<b>Watch the weather</b> <b></b><p>Years of flash flooding give slots their polished beauty, but that’s not a process you want to see firsthand. Monsoons typically …

Wild Horses

More Than 30 Years Since Their Discovery, Prions Still Fascinate, Terrify and Mystify Us

Prions–the name comes from “proteinaceous infectious particle”–were big news in the 1980s, when it became clear that these proteins caused disease. …

Biology

Scientists suddenly realize the bird they’ve been searching for never existed

Well, this is awkward: For almost the past four decades, an incredibly rare species of songbird has eluded birdwatchers and scientists, and surveys …

Birds

Space Station Crosses Moon's Face in Stunning Photo

The International Space Station (ISS) crosses the face of the nearly full moon in a gorgeous composite image snapped by astrophotographer Alexander …

Astronomy

NASA Will Land Humans On the Moon Again

Humans haven't walked on the Moon since 1972.<p>NASA will land humans on the Moon again, confirmed American Vice President Mike Pence in a speech …

Exploration

10 great places to enjoy #vanlife

Six years ago, Foster Huntington gave up his corporate job in New York to live in a van. His Instagram posts tagged #vanlife attracted more than one million followers and helped start a movement of like-minded wanderers. He offers tips for joining the crusade in his new book <i>Van Life: Your Home on</i> …

Road Trips

Volcanic Eruptions Gave the Ancient Moon a Temporary Atmosphere

Earth's moon doesn't have much of an atmosphere today. However, it may have had a more prominent atmosphere 3 billion to 4 billion years ago, when …

Astronomy

The rise of agricultural states came at a big cost, a new book argues

Against the Grain<i><br>James C. Scott</i><i><br>Yale Univ., $26</i>Contrary to popular opinion, humans didn’t shed a harsh existence as hunter-gatherers and herders for …

Agriculture

Ancient humans avoided inbreeding by networking

Ancient DNA expands foragers’ social, mating networks.

Anthropology

Blame Neanderthal Genes for Your Bad Habits and Good Looks

Homo neanderthalensis lives on in our DNA.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Data, Evolution & Genetics<p>About 50,000 years ago, a group of early <i>Homo sapiens</i> traveled …

Evolution

The Real Reason You're Going to Be Waiting 'Much Longer' for Game of Thrones Season 8

The Night King may have brought down the Wall in the final scene of <i>Game of Thrones</i>' seventh season, but it looks like fans won't get to see what his …

Game of Thrones

3 Danger Signs to Watch for in Bear Country

<b>Campsite signs</b><br>Scratch marks in a fire pit, garbage at the site, or nearby scat mean the area's bruins might have learned to associate campers with …

Nature

We Can’t Make This Stuff Up Either

A pianist, a professor, and an anthropologist walk into the Capitol. It sounds like the set up for a bit joke. However, in researching the …

American History

American carnival life – in pictures

Randal Levenson’s exhibition, In Search of the Monkey Girl captures sideshow performers from across the US in the 70s

Manitoba