History Stories
DNA Proves Viking Women Were Powerful Warriors
September 12, 2017

It's the first genetic confirmation of a female Viking warrior. Read More

A Major Ocean Extinction Was Just Revealed for the First Time
June 27, 2017

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Have Scientists Found the World’s Oldest Fossils?
March 2, 2017

Controversy is swirling, but the new find may be the oldest direct link to life on Earth. Read More

Scientists Say Lost Ancient Continent Lies Beneath Island in Indian Ocean
February 1, 2017

A new study suggests the prehistoric continent of Mauritia, once nestled between India and Madagascar, now lies scattered into pieces on the ocean floor. Read More

You’ll Never Guess What Our Oldest Known Ancestor Looked Like
January 31, 2017

Fossils found in China have given scientists a glimpse of what may be the earliest known human ancestor, a microscopic sea creature that lived some 540 million years ago. Read More

Have Humans Hit the Limit of Our Life Span?
October 6, 2016

New research claims that despite rising life expectancy over the past century, humans have a natural biological limit to our life span—and we’ve already reached it. Read More

Four Additions to Periodic Table Get New Names
June 9, 2016

This week, chemistry’s international governing body presented the proposed names for the four newest elements on the periodic table. Read More

New “Little Lion” Galaxy May Shed Light on Big Bang
May 18, 2016

Astronomers have discovered a blue “dwarf galaxy” some 30 million light years from Earth that could give them new insight into the formation of the universe. Read More

Rediscovering the Alchemy of Isaac Newton
April 8, 2016

A recently rediscovered manuscript written in the 17th century by Isaac Newton offers a rare glimpse into the famed physicist’s interest in alchemy. Read More

The Iceman’s Stomach Bug Helps Scientists Map Ancient Human Migration
January 11, 2016

Scientists discovered the common pathogen Helicobacter pylori inside the stomach of Ötzi, the 5,300-year-old “Iceman” whose naturally mummified body turned up in the Alps in 1991. Read More