The dodo bird has been long extinct, but it still has relatives living in the world today. Known as the Nicobar pigeon, this rare creature is the closest living connection to the famous flightless bird, although the two don’t look alike. One striking difference is the Nicobar pigeon’s vibrant plumage that shines in iridescent blues,…

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For a few fleeting days earlier this August, an exquisite ephemeral carpet of fresh flowers graced the cobblestone at Grand Place, the central square in Brussels, Belgium. Spanning 75 meters long and 24 meters wide, it consisted of 1,800 square meters of begonias carefully interspersed with dahlias, grasses, and bark, with each square meter containing about 300 blooms. Together, the bright…

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Did you know that in Morocco, goats climb trees? Farmers actually support and cultivate this bizarre agricultural technique and release their herds to climb and gorge on fruit. Note that these are not just any trees, though. These are the much sought-after but rare Argania trees, which are thankfully now protected after years of over-farming and clear-cutting. While the tree itself is a…

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If a halved avocado could talk, what would it say? According to illustrator Charly Clements, it’d admit, “I feel so empty inside.” Through her clever series Real Life Lines, Clements has imagined what the buttery fruit and other inanimate objects would utter if given the chance. She brings them to life with simple…

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The watermelons you buy from grocery stores are typically plucked from vines which produce only 2-4 fruits. However, an extraordinary super-plant in Xinzheng, Hunan Province, China has just yielded an incredible 131 watermelons! Stemming from a centralized root, the fruits branch out and form a family circle. While the amount of fruits itself is impressive, equally so are the fruits' sizes…

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Russian photographer Ivan Hafizov is on a mission of historic preservation. For many centuries, Russia has prided itself on its intricate woodworking called nalichniki. The craft was used particularly to decorate window casings—the trim molding that originates at the windowsill and wraps up and around the…

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For 113 days straight, Costa Rica has generated 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. The country already set a record last year for its 99% green energy production, forgoing fossil fuels for a total of 285 days; now, the nation’s next goal is to maintain its current streak for an entire year.

That ambition may sound lofty, but it's likely to succeed and to remain a…

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In the aftermath of the Rio Olympic Games, Team Great Britain—which brought home 67 medals and finished second overall—faced their biggest challenge yet: finding their luggage. Each of the 366-strong Team GB members carried identical red luggage to the Games, causing great confusion at the Heathrow baggage claim, as athletes spent tedious…

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