Maps of the Moon Mountains Once Thought to Be the Source of the Nile

Maps of the Moon Mountains Once Thought to Be the Source of the Nile

The search for the source of the Nile captivated civilizations for centuries. For a long stretch of time from ancient Greece right up into the 19th century, the answer to that mysterious question was the Mountains of the Moon. This range of peaks wound up on a number of maps despite being entirely fictional.

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Gardening and the Secret of Happiness

Gardening and the Secret of Happiness

Botanist and nature writer Robin Wall Kimmerer, who has written beautifully about the art of attentiveness to life at all scales, examines the revelations of the garden in "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" — an unusual and richly rewarding book blending botany, Native American mythology, natural history, and philosophy.

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Museum of Lost Objects: The Winged Bull of Nineveh

Museum of Lost Objects: The Winged Bull of Nineveh

One year ago a man took a pneumatic drill to the statue of a winged bull at the gates of the ancient city of Nineveh, near Mosul in modern Iraq. It's one of countless treasures destroyed by vandals, militants or military action in the region in the last 15 years. Kanishk Tharoor and Maryam Maruf tell the first of 10 stories about ancient objects that have now been lost.

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