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Contained in the Fortress Identified as ‘Dracula’s Fortress’

Contained in the Fortress Identified as ‘Dracula’s Fortress’

Dracula slept here. Or maybe not. Bran Castle perches dramatically on a hill in Transylvania, its burnt-orange-tiled turrets and steeples rising above a crown of trees in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. Depending on what account you read, Vlad Tepes—aka Vlad the Impaler—may have spent a night or two in this 14th-century fortress as a prisoner, or…

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‘Outrageous Conservation’ within the Most Hostile Locations on Earth

‘Outrageous Conservation’ within the Most Hostile Locations on Earth

Conserving wildlife at the extreme edges of the natural world, whether in the Arctic, Tibet, or Mongolia, presents huge challenges, from potholed roads (or no roads) to hypothermia, bear attacks, and even arrest. In Extreme Conservation, Joel Berger, professor of conservation biology at Colorado State University and scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, takes us…

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Indonesia’s Surprise Tsunami, Explained

Indonesia’s Surprise Tsunami, Explained

On Friday, a powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake shook the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, just after 5:02 PM Western Indonesian Time. Dramatic videos revealed the eerie growth of a mounting wave in a bay near Palu eventually crashing into the coast, sweeping away beach structures as onlookers scatter. Scientists were surprised by …

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