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The Universe Began With a Big Melt, Not a Big Bang – Issue 53: Monsters – Nautilus

There are two tantalizing mysteries about our universe, one dealing with its final fate and the other with its beginning, that have…

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The Math Trick Behind MP3s, JPEGs, and Homer Simpson's Face – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus

Nine years ago, I was sitting in a college math physics course and my professor spelt out an idea that kind of blew my mind. I think…

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The Word "Million" Didn't Exist Until We Needed It – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus

I would cut off my right hand if you find it.” That was the guarantee retired Columbia history lecturer Jens Ulff-Møller made…

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How I Became a Crowd-Sourced Zoologist – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus

In the center of the photo, standing amid dry brush and trees, is something’s butt. I have 50-some animals to choose from, and I’m…

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An Astrobiologist Asks a Sci-fi Novelist How to Survive the Anthropocene – Issue 28: 2050 – Nautilus

Humans will have a chance to prove their adaptability as the Earth undergoes unprecedented challenges in the Anthropocene, an era…