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Why do we leap day? We remind you (so you can forget for another 4 years)

Why do we leap day? We remind you (so you can forget for another 4 years)

Why do we have leap years, and what are we supposed to do — or not do — with our rare extra day? NPR's Morning Edition spoke with experts in astronomy, history and economics to find out. ... Continue Reading

Short Wave on singing gibbons, tai chi's health benefits, and gender disparity with exercise results

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Regina Barber and Rachel Carlson of Short Wave about singing gibbons, how tai chi might lower blood pressure, and why women get quicker benefits from exercise than men. ... Continue Reading
Scientists scanning the seafloor discover a long-lost Stone Age 'megastructure'

Scientists scanning the seafloor discover a long-lost Stone Age 'megastructure'

A 3D model of a short section of the stone wall. The scale at the bottom of the image measures 50 cm.

The more than half mile long wall, called the Blinkerwall, was likely used by Stone Age hunter-gatherers to herd reindeer toward a shooting blind.

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One woolly mammoth's journey at the end of the Ice Age

One woolly mammoth's journey at the end of the Ice Age

Lately, paleoecologist Audrey Rowe has been a bit preoccupied with a girl named Elma. That's because Elma is ... a woolly mammoth. And 14,000 years ago, when Elma was alive, her habitat in interior Alaska was rapidly changing. The Ice Age was coming to a close and human hunters were starting early settlements. Which leads… ... Continue Reading

All hail the SPAM King: California town holds 25th annual festival honoring the meat

This Sunday, hundreds of people are expected to converge on the town of Isleton, south of Sacramento, to celebrate one thing: SPAM. ... Continue Reading

Diving into the discovery of the Arlington shipwreck in Lake Superior

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Bruce Lynn, the executive director of the Great Lake Shipwreck Historical Society, about the discovery of the Arlington shipwreck in Lake Superior. ... Continue Reading
It's a Leap Year. How will you be spending your extra day?

It's a Leap Year. How will you be spending your extra day?

Will you be celebrating a birthday on Feb. 29, or have other fun plans in the works? NPR wants to know how you'll be spending your leap day. ... Continue Reading
Manny loves Cayenne. Plus, 5 facts about queer animals for Valentine's Day

Manny loves Cayenne. Plus, 5 facts about queer animals for Valentine's Day

Manny and Cayenne wrestle and kiss.

In a Valentine's Day exclusive report, NPR has learned there is currently a gay anteater couple at Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington D.C.But this couple is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to queerness in the animal world – it's been documented in hundreds of species. We spoke with wildlife ecologist Christine Wilkinson of the "Queer is Natural" TikTok series to uncover the wildest, queerest animals of the bunch.

Questions, comments or thoughts on queer animal love? Email us at [email protected] and we might feature it on a future episode!

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The Dating App Paradox: Why dating apps may be 'worse than ever'

The Dating App Paradox: Why dating apps may be 'worse than ever'

Investors in dating app companies are suffering from heartbreak. As these companies shift gears and try to make a profit, many of their users are heartbroken too. ... Continue Reading
The dating app paradox: Why dating apps may be worse than ever

The dating app paradox: Why dating apps may be worse than ever

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Investors in dating app companies are suffering from heartbreak. As these companies shift gears and try to make a profit, many of their users are heartbroken too.

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The dating app paradox: Why dating apps may be 'worse than ever'

The dating app paradox: Why dating apps may be 'worse than ever'

Investors in dating app companies are suffering from heartbreak. As these companies shift gears and try to make a profit, many of their users are heartbroken too. ... Continue Reading
Mummified monkey remains were found in luggage at Boston's airport

Mummified monkey remains were found in luggage at Boston's airport

The traveler caught with the mummified monkey remains initially said the items were dried fish.

A traveler returning from the Democratic Republic of Congo attempted to sneak in the mummified remains of four monkeys.

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Soccer fans can now bring bagpipes to the stands of the Euro 2024 cup

Soccer fans can now bring bagpipes to the stands of the Euro 2024 cup

Soccer fans will be allowed to bring bagpipes with them at this summer's Euro 2024 cup. ... Continue Reading
Famous women made some surprise appearances this week. Were you paying attention?

Famous women made some surprise appearances this week. Were you paying attention?

These people are all answers. You

With a Grammys comeback performance, an unannounced 'SNL' visit, and an Olympic un-retirement, women were center stage this week. Sorry, Swifties, this time we're not talking about Taylor.

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Reversal: Guinness gives record to French man who made Eiffel Tower from matchsticks

Reversal: Guinness gives record to French man who made Eiffel Tower from matchsticks

Guinness World Records at first rejected a tower replica that Richard Plaud made from more than 700,000 matchsticks. But on further review, the organization said it might have been too "heavy-handed." ... Continue Reading
Reversal: Guinness awards record to French man who made Eiffel Tower from matchsticks

Reversal: Guinness awards record to French man who made Eiffel Tower from matchsticks

It took Richard Plaud years, not to mention more than 700,000 matchsticks, to build his replica of the Eiffel Tower. The structure stands 7.19 meters, or a little taller than 23.5 feet.

Guinness World Records at first rejected a tower replica that Richard Plaud made from more than 700,000 matchsticks. But on further review, the organization said it might have been too "heavy-handed."

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A piece titled 'As Slow as Possible' has been in performance for 21 years — so far

A piece titled 'As Slow as Possible' has been in performance for 21 years — so far

A John Cage piece for organ titled ASLSP — as slow as possible — lives up to its name. It has been in performance for 21 years so far. ... Continue Reading
In Canada, officials search for Harry, the taxidermy polar bear

In Canada, officials search for Harry, the taxidermy polar bear

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in northern Alberta are on the look out for a stolen taxidermy polar bear nicknamed "Harry." ... Continue Reading
Watch Groundhog Day 2024: Punxsutawney Phil declares an early spring

Watch Groundhog Day 2024: Punxsutawney Phil declares an early spring

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club President Tom Dunkel and groundhog handler AJ Derume with Punxsutawney Phil, at last year

For Groundhog Day in 2024, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, elating a massive crowd at Gobbler's Knob.

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Elmo takes a turn as a therapist after asking 'How is everybody doing?'

Elmo takes a turn as a therapist after asking 'How is everybody doing?'

When the beloved red Muppet asked people how they were doing, they responded with honesty — and in some cases, despair. Elmo replied to many messages with encouragement and empathy. ... Continue Reading