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The Story of Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde

Berlin's Museum für Naturkunde is not only a treasure trove of specimens and a pioneer in the history of natural history museums but, having celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2010, it has also endured some pivotal m...

Making lime with Primitive Technology

Making use of the unoccupied shells of native rainforest snails around his original land, Primitive Technology makes lime mortar by firing them in his pottery kiln, slaking the calcined shells with water so that they ...

Here’s Where the Juice That Powers Batteries Comes From

Atomic number 3 on the periodic table, lithium is the 'li' in the li-ion batteries that are inside of our smartphones, laptops, digital cameras, and electric vehicles. Above, Alejandro Bucher gives Bloomberg's Ashlee ...

The Amazing Life of Sand – Deep Look

There’s a story in every grain of sand: tales of life and death, fire and water. If you scooped up a handful of sand from every beach, you'd have a history of the world sifting through your fingers. From mountain boul...

Butterflies that drink turtle tears for the salt content

Watch a butterfly drink turtle tears from a Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis). Wait, what? It’s true: butterflies and bees will drink turtle tears as a source of sodium and minerals. In ...

All That Glitters: The History of Shiny Things

All That Glitters: The History of Shiny Things! What a excellent addition to our collection of How Things Are Made. via The Retronaut, h/t @cosentino. 

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