History In The Headlines

Category: Science

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Man’s Best (and Oldest) Friend

New studies involving prehistoric dogs are enabling scientists to form important conclusions about the history of humans and their most devoted companions.

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After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved

After nearly two centuries, scientists have identified the plant pathogen that devastated Ireland, killing 1 million people and triggering a mass emigration.

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Ancients First Ate Palms, Not Rice

A new study shows that agriculture may have emerged in southern China much earlier than previously thought.

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Brood II: Return of the Cicada

Brood II is no horror movie sequel. It’s one of nature’s greatest spectacles, coming to the East Coast this month.

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Chemist Solves Lincoln Funeral Train Mystery

An Arizona chemist has solved a historical mystery by determining the color of the railroad car that transported Abraham Lincoln’s body almost 150 years ago.

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Do You Speak Ice Age?

Researchers may have traced hundreds of disparate languages to one Ice Age mother tongue.

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Evidence of Cannibalism Found at Jamestown

New evidence supports historical accounts that desperate Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism during the harsh winter of 1609-10.

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Einstein’s Relativity Theory Passes Tough Test

A rare binary star system has put Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity to its most challenging test to date.

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Dinosaur Egg Study Suggests New Evolutionary Link With Birds

A new study of fossilized dinosaur eggs provides evidence of similarities between the nesting behaviors of dinosaurs and their closest living relatives – birds.

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New Super-Earths May Support Life

NASA announces the discovery of seven new distant planets, three of which may be able to support life.

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Asteroid Set For a Close Encounter With Earth

An asteroid measuring about 150 feet across will make a historically close approach to Earth on February 15.

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Did Neanderthals Die Out Much Earlier Than We Thought?

A new study has cast doubt on a popular theory that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals once co-existed in Europe.

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Languages Under Siege

After being spoken for 3,000 years, Aramaic, the language of Jesus, could soon be extinct.