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Scientists Blame Gerbils (Not Rats) for the Black Death

A new study clears the black rat of spreading the infamous Black Death from Asia across medieval Europe, and identifies gerbils as a more likely culprit.

The Buddha alongside an image from an earlier CT scan. (Credit: Drents Museum)

CT Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside Ancient Buddha Statue

A medical examination of a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue has revealed a shocking surprise hidden inside.

A copy of the Gutenberg Bible in the collection of the New York Public Library

7 Things You May Not Know About the Gutenberg Bible

On the 560th anniversary of its publication, explore seven fascinating facts about one of the rarest and most influential books in world history.

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7 Things You May Not Know About Malcolm X

On the 50th anniversary of his death, get the facts on the outspoken black nationalist.

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10 Top Draws of San Francisco’s 1915 World’s Fair

On the centennial of the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco, take a virtual tour through some of its most popular—and most unusual—attractions.

Team USA celebrates their 4-3 victory of the Soviet Union on February 22, 1980. (Credit: Steve Powell/Getty Images)

The Miracle on Ice, 35 Years Ago

Thirty-five years after the U.S. hockey team pulled off their ‘miracle’ win over the Soviet Union, learn the story behind one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history.

The Marine Corps War Memorial, or Iwo Jima Memorial, in Arlington, Virginia. (Credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Battle of Iwo Jima Begins, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years after U.S. Marines began the invasion of Iwo Jima, take a look back at one of the most hard-fought battles of World War II.

Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, high priest of the Asatru Association, leads a 2102 procession near Reykjavik, Iceland. (Credit: STRINGER/Reuters/Corbis)

First Viking Temple in 1,000 Years Coming to Iceland

For the first time in a millennium, Iceland will have a shrine honoring the ancient Norse gods once worshipped by the Vikings.

Students excavate remains buried at Badia Pozzeveri cemetery. (Credit: Ohio State University)

Scientists Seek Cholera DNA in Tuscan Cemetery

A team of researchers hopes a church graveyard in the Italian town of Badia Pozzeveri will yield a breakthrough in efforts to understand a deadly disease.

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British Police Warn “Nighthawks” to Stay Away From Hadrian’s Wall

Authorities say “nighthawking,” or illegal metal detecting, near the ancient Roman fortification known as Hadrian’s Wall is destroying Britain’s national heritage.

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A Brief History of Presidential Drinking

On Presidents’ Day, explore the boozy history of America’s chief executives with the author of a new book on presidential vices.

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The Lincoln Memorial’s Bizarre Rejected Designs

On Lincoln’s Birthday, look back at some of the bizarre alternate designs, including an Egyptian pyramid, proposed for the Lincoln Memorial.

Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie upon his release from Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990 (Credit: Allan Tannenbaum/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Mandela Becomes a Free Man, 25 Years Ago

On the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, learn how South Africa’s famous anti-apartheid campaigner finally became a free man.