Jessica Leigh Hester, Atlas Obscura

Jessica Leigh Hester

Atlas Obscura

New York, United States

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Recent:
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Past:
  • Atlas Obscura
  • Grist
  • Pacific Standard
  • CityLab
  • The Atlantic
  • Slate

Past articles by Jessica:

The Case for Pigeon-Watching

A new book is part ornithology guide, part ode to the misunderstood urban birds. → Read More

Get to Know New Zealand's Hugely Popular, Thrillingly Blue Mushroom

It is a key part of local culture, and looks like it was colored with a crayon. → Read More

The Dark Art of Displaying Deep-Sea Fish

How one museum keeps a rare Pacific footballfish looking sharp → Read More

Meet the Egyptian Scientists Studying 'Ghosts' of the Desert

The country's extensive fossils include early ancestors of whales, the largest mammals on the planet. → Read More

This ‘Cryptically Carnivorous’ Plant Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight, Waiting for Flesh

The western false asphodel has an appetite for insects, but it’s not a great time to be a meat-eating plant. → Read More

For Sale: Boston’s Skinny Spite House

This slim 19th-century home, just 10 feet wide, is seeking new owners who aren’t afraid to get close. → Read More

Why Are Farmers in Senegal Creating Gardens That Look Like Crop Circles?

A new project emphasizes practical designs that may stave off desertification. → Read More

Meet 'Firebows,' the Flat, Rainbow-Like Stacks That Appear in Sunny Skies

But whatever you do, don’t call them rainbows. → Read More

Students Are Getting Paid to Poop at a South Korean University

The project transforms human waste into biogas, and allows participants to buy everything from bananas to socks. → Read More

Spiders Covered Australian Shores With a Massive, Gossamer Blanket

The ghostly sight tells a story of escape, survival, and a post-flood feast. → Read More

My Pandemic-Era Quest to Solve the Mystery of Ponyhenge

To get to know a new town, start with its charming local oddities, like a herd of toy horses in a field. → Read More

Found: A Landlocked Message in a Bottle in a Detroit Train Station

More than a century ago, a couple of guys had some beer and an idea. → Read More

What in the World Is Sea Snot?

And why is it fouling the coast around Istanbul? → Read More

9 Wondrous Places Where Water Meets the Woods

From river-loving cypresses to soggy ancient forests. → Read More

How a Giant, Stinky, Delightful Corpse Flower Got to an Abandoned Gas Station

It was all thanks to a gardener, a wagon, and a sense of pandemic-era camaraderie. → Read More

What Secrets Lurk Within a Human-Sized Dome of Bat Guano?

Deep in a Jamaican cave, scientists are getting to the bottom of that question. → Read More

Walden Pond Is Full of Jellyfish, But Don't Panic

Meet the generally harmless translucent residents of Thoreau's favorite giant puddle. → Read More

Argentine Beaches Are Sometimes Speckled With Giant, Pearly Orbs

And that's bad news for the snails that produced them. → Read More

Scientists Want Your Help Stalking Billions of Cicadas

The Brood X bonanza is almost here, and ecologists will have a lot of work—and bugs—on their hands. → Read More

The Thorny Problem of Tallying Every T. rex to Ever Live

Here’s why it’s really, really hard to count how many of the apex predators once stalked Earth’s surface. → Read More