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Author: Sarah Pruitt

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When Did the “Age of Man” Begin?

A new study suggests that the dramatic upheaval caused by European colonization of the Americas may have marked the beginning of a new period of geologic time.

Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 1865, with John Wilkes Booth among the crowd looking on. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Remembering Lincoln’s Second Inauguration, 150 Years Later

On March 4, 1865, with the Civil War drawing to a close, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in to a second term as U.S. president; John Wilkes Booth was in attendance.

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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.

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.

Detailed view of an original Magna Carta copy from Lincoln Cathedral (Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Magna Carta Worth $15 Million Found in Archived Scrapbook

For more than a century, an original edition of the Magna Carta lay forgotten in a Victorian-era scrapbook in the archives of the British coastal town of Sandwich.

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Notes by Alan Turing’s Team Found in the Walls of Code-Breaking Hut

Papers used by Alan Turing’s cryptologists for their World War II-era work breaking the “Enigma” code have been found being used to line the roof of a drafty hut at Britain’s Bletchley Park.

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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.

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.

An example of a Honghshan jade dragon

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.