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Author: Sarah Pruitt

Chinese rendering of Chang'e 3 lunar module and rover (Credit: Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering)

Chinese Spacecraft Lands on Moon

The unmanned Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 3 and lunar rover Yutu (“Jade Rabbit”) made a historic landing on the moon this weekend.

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Dinosaur Asteroid May Have Sent Life Into Space

The giant asteroid that hit Earth some 65 million years ago may have propelled rocks big enough to shelter life all the way to Mars and the moons of Jupiter.

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Outbreak of Bubonic Plague Hits Madagascar Village

Medical experts in Madagascar have confirmed that an outbreak of bubonic plague killed at least 20 people in a remote village there last week.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

The South African activist and former president led the struggle against apartheid and became a global advocate for human rights.

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When Early Humans Left Africa, Tuberculosis Traveled With Them

New research indicates that tuberculosis bacteria originated with early humans some 70,000 years ago, before they migrated from their African homeland.

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Scientists Discover World’s Largest Fish

Thanks to a nearly complete skeleton found buried in an English quarry, the giant Jurassic-era Leedsichthys has grabbed the title of world’s largest fish.

David Cox, Jr holds a replica ring (right) and the original (left) that belonged to his father, U.S. Army Air Corps member David Cox. (Credit: Norwood McDowell)

WWII POW’s Lost Ring Recovered After 68 Years

In early 1945, U.S. 2nd Lt. David C. Cox traded his gold signet ring to a fellow POW in Germany; now, after 68 years, it has been returned to his family.

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Spicy Find Sheds Light on Ancient Cuisine

By analyzing Stone-Age clay cooking vessels, researchers have found the earliest conclusive evidence of humans using spices to flavor their food.

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Ostrich-Egg Globe May Be Oldest to Depict New World

A Belgian map collector has found what may be the oldest known globe to depict the New World, dating to the early 1500s and engraved on the shell of an ostrich egg.

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New Mammal Discovered in the Americas

This week, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution introduced the olinguito —the newest mammal and the first carnivore discovered in the Americas in 35 years.

Fugitive Ronnie Biggs, one of the masterminds of the Great Train Robbery, in 1994. (Credit: Getty Images)

50 Years On, Looking Back at the Great Train Robbery

On August 8, 1963, 15 thieves pulled off one of the most famous heists of all time, robbing the U.K.’s Royal Mail train and making off with the equivalent of $69 million.

Upernavik, Greenland (Credit: Lee Corbett)

Scientists Discover Protective “Ghost Glaciers” in Greenland

A new study finds that so-called “ghost glaciers” – layers of non-erosive glacial ice – have protected Greenland’s ancient landscapes for more than 800,000 years.

Day 2 of the 2013 Fiesta de San Fermin. (Credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

For Better or Worse, Running of the Bulls Comes to U.S.

Beginning August 24, thousands of American daredevils will get their chance to run with the bulls when this centuries-old Spanish tradition arrives stateside.