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The glass container with a screw-on metal top called a Mason jar may conjure memories of shelves full of pickles and jams or it may provoke a craft-mania to shape the jar into a lantern or soap dispenser. #NationalMasonJarDay 

The simple coin design was quickly replaced, leaving only 40 or so surviving specimens today.

This year’s winners and finalists include a clumsy elephant mud bath, a gossiping gaggle of raccoons, and a young otter’s swimming lesson.

Twain’s admiration for this still-unidentified guide—and brazen statement that he’d be better off in egalitarian Italy than in the United States—signaled a change in the writer’s views and willingness to voice such opinions publicly.

To identify what bacteria lives in the stomachs of vulture bees and how it compares to other bee species, researchers set up 16 bait stations with roughly two ounces of raw chicken hung from branches 4.9 feet off the ground.

Julia Kabance was the oldest known woman veteran of the conflict and the oldest living citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

The competition aims to solve nutrition issues in space as well as food security problems on Earth.

Researchers published a description of the snake last month in the journal Evolutionary Systematics.

The library’s foundation and the City of New York reached a long-term loan agreement allowing the statue to move to its new location.

A remotely operated vehicle captured stunning images of the ecosystem’s calcite spires, hydrothermal mirror pools, and iridescent scale worms.


‘Lennon Walls’ have spread throughout Hong Kong and the world as a form of public protest and free expression.

These spaces, which locals call “Lennon Walls,” have sprung up on buildings, walkways, sky bridges, underpasses and storefronts and carry messages like “Hong Kongers love freedom,” “garbage government” and “We demand real universal suffrage.”

The poetry of Langston Hughes, born on this day in 1902, influenced King’s sermons on a fundamental level and helped give rise to the preacher's most lasting line.

Just over a year after the journalism museum’s closing, the slab is set to find a new home @ConstitutionCtr  in Philadelphia.

Ice core samples from a Tibetan glacier have yielded a collection of viruses and other microbes that are nearly 15,000 years old.

The character, known as Amabie, is one of the yōkai—a class of spirits first popularized in Japanese folklore during the Edo period.

Samuel Colt accepted an order for 1,000 revolvers from Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers on this day in 1847.