Jesslyn Shields is a freelance science writer working out of Athens, Georgia. She writes about brand new research for HowStuffWorks. Since 2010, Jesslyn's written science news and content for educational videos, because she loves to always have something new to yammer on about at parties. You can find her online at www.jesslynshields.com

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Much mystery surrounds the Georgia Guidestones, including the true identity of the man who commissioned them to be built and the identity of their destroyer.

By Jesslyn Shields & Diana Brown

Grateful that U.S. law ensures decent working conditions and children go to school instead of working in mines? Thank Florence Kelley and her congressman father, William "Pig Iron" Kelley.

By Jesslyn Shields

Pancake ice is fun and rare in some places, but it might be speeding up the warming of the ocean in the Arctic.

By Jesslyn Shields

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When it comes to rivers, longest doesn't necessarily mean biggest, and length can be difficult to determine, so the top spot will always be debated.

By Jesslyn Shields

The axolotl, a critically endangered species, can regenerate virtually any of its limbs or organs and has a face that's totally irresistible.

By Jesslyn Shields

Because most of what we know about honey badgers comes from a three-minute comedy video, there are a lot of misconceptions about these wily weasels.

By Jesslyn Shields

Cousins are indeed complicated. Who's your first cousin once removed? And what are kissing cousins? We'll tell you in our cousins tutorial.

By Jesslyn Shields

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If you're driving old Route 66, watch out for a line of 10 mid-century Cadillacs, painted in crazy colors and buried nose first in the dirt. That'll be Cadillac Ranch, American roadside kitsch at its finest.

By Jesslyn Shields

There's a dream job for everyone, and sometimes that's almost everybody else's nightmare job. Meet the four women who will run the "penguin post office" in Antarctica.

By Jesslyn Shields

When singer, rapper and classically trained flutist Lizzo played a glass flute once owned by President James Madison, we stopped to wonder what else might be hiding in the Library of Congress.

By Jesslyn Shields

Bottle trees originated centuries ago in the Congo in West Africa and still hold a special spiritual place in the heart of the American landscape.

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The blobfish is actually pretty average looking in its normal habitat, but becomes a blob when it transitions from the pressure at depth to the water's surface.

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We have less time with our Great Danes than we do with our Yorkshire terriers — but why?

By Jesslyn Shields

The first Ferris wheels were built for fun, but now they're being built for the spectacular views they provide. Here are 10 spectacular rides you may want to check out.

By Jesslyn Shields

Unlike most species on Earth, the male seahorse, rather than the female, does the gestating and delivery. And he does it in his own unique way, a new study found.

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Jacob's Ladder on St. Helena Island is 699 steps of straight-up climbing, so difficult that you get a certificate if you make it to the top.

By Jesslyn Shields

During the late summer months, fruit flies can become the bane of your existence. Here are some great tips for controlling and, ultimately, eradicating them from your kitchen.

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"City," the much-anticipated, 50-year-long project by artist Michael Heizer, has opened in the desert of Nevada. But don't expect to be able to see it anytime soon.

By Jesslyn Shields

You don't want an animal living in your house that's smarter than a raccoon and never rests.

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Until he was found dead on Aug. 23, 2022, a solitary man with a mysterious, but certainly horrific, past went about his business, alone in the Amazonian jungle.

By Jesslyn Shields

It looks completely impossible that this rock should stand, balanced as it is, but it has not moved since the last ice age.

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Don't freak out with worry if you see a splooting squirrel — he's just cooling off in the best way he knows how.

By Jesslyn Shields

The most iconic agricultural pest of the past 200 years just wants to eat your potato plant.

By Jesslyn Shields

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Brushing your dog's teeth might be a bit unpleasant for both of you, but it will keep your furry friend healthier longer.

By Jesslyn Shields

These spiders are big enough to eat a bird, but they don't often have the chance.

By Jesslyn Shields