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Why Mysterious UFO-Like Lights Glow in This Norwegian Valley

As a name, Hessdalen may be more familiar to UFO watchers than scientists. The valley in Norway is prone to "strange, hovering, flashing balls of lights" best attributed, as some believe, to alien origins. Now scientists say they're on the verge of an explanation: The valley is a giant natural battery. Read More >>

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The Weird, Depressing Stage Sets That Zoos Build for Their Animals

If you're like me, you can remember the discrete moment when the zoo stopped being fun and started being sad; when the jungle behind the animals stopped looking like jungle and started looking like concrete masonry painted with clumsy murals of natural scenes. Read More >>

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Germany is Relocating Entire Towns to Excavate More Sweet, Sweet Coal

Most of us think of Germany as one of the most energy-progressive countries in the world. But in recent years, it's also increased its dependence on a form of energy that's anything but clean: coal. The country is demolishing, or relocating, entire towns to get at it. Read More >>