History In The Headlines

Author: Sarah Pruitt

Ferdinand Porsche's P1 model car.

Ferdinand Porsche’s First Car Was Electric

The first car designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche—an electric vehicle from 1898—was recently uncovered in an Austrian garage after more than a century.

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How Old is the Grand Canyon? That Depends, Scientists Say

New research published this weekend provides the latest fodder for a long-standing debate over when the majestic Grand Canyon was actually formed.

Recently discovered pictures adorn the tombs the Abydos Dynasty.

Unknown Pharaoh’s Remains Identified in Egypt

The remains of a previously unidentified pharaoh dating back some 3,600 years provides valuable new evidence of a forgotten Egyptian dynasty.

Tiktaalik roseae fossil

From Fins to Feet? Ancient Fish Reveals Link

Fossils of an ancient fish found in the Canadian Arctic suggest that the hind legs of four-legged animals actually developed in the water, as enhanced fins.

An ancient Buddha statue on display in Kabul museum in June 2013, following an extensive restoration process. (Credit: Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghans Restore Museum Relics Destroyed by Taliban

With some help from abroad, the National Museum of Afghanistan has reassembled or recovered thousands of artifacts destroyed or stolen under Islamist rule.

Bas-relief image of the Ark of the Covenant. (Credit: Getty Images)

Fate of the Lost Ark Revealed?

A newly translated ancient Hebrew text provides clues to what may have happened to the Ark of the Covenant, along with the other treasures in King Solomon’s Temple.

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Scientists Solve Supervolcano Mystery

A team of researchers has discovered more information about what causes “supervolcanoes” to erupt, and their findings are unsettling.

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Indonesian Cave Reveals Tsunami History

A natural cave found near the source of the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has revealed the footprints of past gigantic waves going back some 7,500 years.

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Christmas Traditions, Past and Present

According to the latest Pew Research Center survey, nine out of every 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, but only half of those view it as a religious holiday.

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.

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Remembering Nelson Mandela

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