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Extremely large and incredibly close (to your tent): bison!

Did you know Tom Sawyer used glowing fungi (a real thing) to light up a tunnel?

Watch 6,000 years of civilization develop in three minutes. Thanks, science.

Forget fireworks: a NASA probe met Jupiter last night.

The secret life of Amazon’s tiny—yet powerful—in-house book review.


Julia F. P. Ostmann writes from Southern California about nineteenth-century mushrooms, hybrid burritos, and brain science. Next year she’s excited to move into Stephen Hawking’s old dorm at Cambridge, where she'll be studying history and philosophy of science. If you follow her at @JuliaOstmann, she will probably retweet you. More from this author →