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Author: Sarah Pruitt

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Settlement in Stonehenge Area Goes Back 10,000 Years

Scientists announced they have discovered artifacts buried in Amesbury, the closest settlement to Stonehenge, dating all the way back to 8820 B.C.

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Scientists Decode Genome of Deadly Tsetse Fly

After a decade-long effort, an international team of scientists has cracked the genetic code of the tsetse fly, the bloodsucking insect that spreads African sleeping sickness.

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Wrigley Field Hits the Century Mark

As the iconic Chicago ballpark celebrates its 100th birthday this week, explore some facts about its colorful history, and that of four other iconic sports venues.

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Scientists Spot an Earth-Size Planet 500 Light-Years Away

Astronomers studying data from NASA’s Kepler space-based telescope announce they have discovered a distant planet that appears remarkably similar to Earth.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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The Struggle to Bring WWII Veterans Home

Recent cases have highlighted the difficulties facing families of U.S. servicemen killed in World War II and buried as “unknowns” thousands of miles from home.

Photo depicting sternum of Amara West skeleton with cancerous bone lesions. (Credit: British Museum)

3,200-Year-Old Skeleton is Oldest Known Case of Human Cancer

British researchers have found the earliest known case of human metastatic cancer in the skeleton of a young man who died around 1200 B.C. in ancient Egypt.

The BICEP2, or Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization, telescope. (Credit: Steffan Richter/Harvard University)

Scientists May Have Found Key to Unlock Big Bang Mystery

New findings announced this week support the theory that the universe underwent a fast and furious expansion just a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

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T. Rex’s Little Cousin: New Pygmy Tyrannosaur Discovered in Alaska

A newly discovered species of tyrannosaur roamed the ancient Arctic 70 million years ago and was about half the size of its close cousin, Tyrannosaurus rex.