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Lincoln’s Peoria Speech, 160 Years Later

Find out more about the speech that resuscitated Abraham Lincoln’s political career and launched him towards the presidency, 160 years ago today.

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The Cardiff Giant Fools the Nation, 145 Years Ago

In 1869, trickster George Hull masterminded one of the 19th century’s most sensational hoaxes: the discovery of a 10-foot-tall giant.

Artist's rendering of massive iceberg drifting along the coast of southern Florida. (Credit: Alan Condron)

Massive Icebergs Once Reached Florida Coast

During the last ice age, they drifted thousands of miles south from Canada, researchers find.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Erwin Rommel

On the 70th anniversary of his death get the facts on the famed “Desert Fox.”

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8 Things You May Not Know About Emperor Claudius

Explore eight surprising facts about the life of Rome’s fourth emperor.

A technical diver examines the Antikythera shipwreck. (Credit: Brett Seymour/Return to Antikythera 2014)

Divers Excavate Greek Shipwreck Dubbed “Ancient Titanic”

Recent excavations of a ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago near the Greek island of Antikythera have yielded some astonishing new discoveries.

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Indonesian Cave Paintings May Be Among World’s Oldest Art

Paintings found on limestone cave walls in Indonesia may date back at least 40,000 years, as long as the earliest art found in caves in Western Europe.

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The Black Sox Baseball Scandal, 95 Years Ago

Ninety-five years after players from the Chicago White Sox allegedly threw the 1919 World Series, learn the story behind one of professional baseball’s most notorious scandals.

Artist's rendering of Tachiraptor admirabilis on the attack. (Credit: Maurílio Oliveira)

New Bipedal Dinosaur Unearthed in Venezuela

A distant cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex and Allosaurus, it likewise dined on meat.

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Iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel Changes Hands

Explore 10 surprising facts about the legendary New York landmark that yesterday sold for $1.95 billion to a Chinese insurance company.

The Kon-Tiki voyage, 1947.

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Voyage

On the 100th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl’s birth, look back at his historic voyage across the Pacific on the primitive raft Kon-Tiki.

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The Lumière Brothers, Pioneers of Cinema

On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Lumière, take a look back at the Lumière brothers and their groundbreaking invention, the Cinématographe.

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Human Sleep Cycle May Have Roots in Ancient Oceans

A new study suggests that melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep, may have first evolved hundreds of millions of years ago in tiny ocean creatures.