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David Blank, a professor from the University of California, examines the scrolls at the Naples' National Library (Credit: Salvatore Laporta/AP)

Researchers Unlock Key to Reading Damaged Scrolls From Pompeii Disaster

New X-ray technology can decipher text from papyrus scrolls buried in the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

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10 Things You Should Know About Joseph Warren

Learn 10 surprising facts about the oft-forgotten Sons of Liberty leader who died in battle before the United States was even born.

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The Real-Life Story Behind “American Sniper”

Learn the real-life story of Chris Kyle, the late Navy SEAL sharpshooter portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper.”

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The Real-Life Haunts of the Sons of Liberty

Explore some of the revolutionaries’ real-life haunts in Boston.

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10 Things You Should Know About Prohibition

Ninety-five years after its inception, learn 10 fascinating facts about America’s nearly 14-year “noble experiment” in alcohol prohibition.

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The Fall of Fort Fisher, 150 Years Ago

One hundred fifty years after fall of the Confederacy’s Fort Fisher, learn how the collapse of the “Gibraltar of the South” helped bring an end to the Civil War.

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Scientists Say Language May Have Evolved to Help Toolmakers

In a new study, researchers suggest our ancestors may have developed language in order to make the tools necessary for their survival.

Joseph Shambrey and Clarence "Buddy" Huntley Jr. (Credit: AP Photo/Tim Shambray/ Bruce Talamon

Two Tuskegee Airmen Die on Same Day in Los Angeles

Two members of the famed World War II African-American flying squadron passed away on the same day last week at their respective homes in Los Angeles.

Artist's rendering of the new species of ichthyosaur, Dearcmhara shawcrossi. (Credit: Todd Marshall/PA)

Scientists Identify Scottish Fossil as Jurassic-Age “Marine Lizard”

A 170-million-year-old fossil found on Scotland’s Isle of Skye represents a newly identified species of prehistoric marine reptile, researchers say.

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Searching for Genghis Khan

More than 10,000 volunteers spent 30,000 hours scanning satellite images of Mongolia in search of the long-hidden tomb of warlord Genghis Khan.

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6 Myths About the Battle of New Orleans

On the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, learn the truth behind six common myths about the last major engagement of the War of 1812.

Boston MFA conservator Pam Hatchfield holding an engraved silver plate from the time capsule (Credit: Reuters)

Contents of Boston Time Capsule Buried by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere Unveiled

One of the nation’s oldest time capsules was opened on Tuesday evening in Boston, revealing artifacts originally planted by Adams and Revere in 1795.

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China’s First Kingdom Likely Fell Victim to Rapid Desert Formation

New research suggests that China’s first known kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands transformed rapidly into desert more than 4,000 years ago.