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Jesus' Wife Papyrus Credit: Karen L. King 2012

Tests Reveal “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” Not Fake

Scientific testing has determined that a controversial papyrus fragment suggesting Jesus was married is not a modern forgery.

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Forum Excavations Reveal Rome’s Advanced Age

Archaeologists working inside the Roman Forum have unearthed evidence that the “Eternal City” may be more than a century older than previously thought.

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6 Things You Should Know About Napoleon

On the 200th anniversary of his first exile, discover six illuminating facts about the ostentatious French emperor.

Lithograph depicting the 1864 Confederate assault on Fort Pillow

Fort Pillow Controversy Lingers, 150 Years Later

Hundreds of Union troops, many of them African Americans, died at Fort Pillow 150 years ago. How it happened is still hotly debated.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Winston Churchill

Exploring some surprising facts about the British wartime leader.

Hank Aaron hits home run 715, breaking Babe Ruth's record, on April 8, 1974. (Credit: Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

When Hank Aaron Passed the Babe, 40 Years Ago

Forty years after Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run, look back at the moment he surpassed the immortal Babe Ruth.

A pocket-sized edition of "Doctor Zhivago" printed by the CIA, but attributed to a fictitious French publisher.

CIA Used “Dr. Zhivago” as Cold War Weapon

Recently declassified Cold War-era documents reveal how the Central Intelligence Agency used the epic novel “Dr. Zhivago” as a tool to undermine the Soviet Union.

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Scientists Reconstruct Dinosaur Chase in 3-D

Using old photographs and cutting-edge technology, scientists have digitally reconstructed a prehistoric dinosaur chase through an ancient riverbed in Texas.

The goblet of the Infanta Dona Urrace in Spain's Basilica of San Isidro (Credit: Getty Images)

Is the Quest for the Holy Grail Over?

A pair of historians claim they have discovered the elusive Holy Grail inside a Spanish basilica.

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Medieval “Black Death” Was Airborne, Scientists Say

Skeletons buried deep beneath a square in London yield new information about how one of history’s deadliest plagues spread through 14th-century Britain.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Eiffel Tower

On the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower’s completion, explore 10 surprising facts about the Parisian icon.

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5 Things You May Not Know About the Terra Cotta Army

On March 29, 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well near Xi’an made one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.

Portage, Alaska (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

The Great Alaska Earthquake, 50 Years Ago

Look back at the 9.2-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in North America, which shook Alaska 50 years ago.