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Scientists Find World’s Oldest Sperm

A team of paleontologists has discovered 17 million-year-old sperm inside tiny shrimp fossils encased in bat guano on the walls of a cave in Queensland, Australia.

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Has Wreckage of Christopher Columbus’ Flagship Been Found?

Archaeologists believe they have discovered the remains of the Santa Maria off the coast of Haiti.

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The Real-Life Story Behind “The Monuments Men”

Find out more about the unlikely World War II heroes who saved Europe’s art treasures and inspired the film.

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After 33 Months, Washington Monument Reopens to the Public

The Washington Monument welcomed visitors today for the first time in more than two-and-a-half years, after a painstaking restoration to repair earthquake damage.

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The Two Mothers Who Molded Lincoln

As Mother’s Day approaches, find out more about the biological mother and stepmother who set Abraham Lincoln on the pathway to the presidency.

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Settlement in Stonehenge Area Goes Back 10,000 Years

Scientists announced they have discovered artifacts buried in Amesbury, the closest settlement to Stonehenge, dating all the way back to 8820 B.C.

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Grant’s Overland Campaign, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Overland Campaign, look back at the six bloody weeks when Lee and Grant dueled for the first time.

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The First 4-Minute Mile, 60 Years Ago

Look back at the day 60 years ago when British medical student Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes.

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Nellie Bly’s Biggest Scoops

On the 150th anniversary of Nellie Bly’s birth, explore some of the biggest stories broken by the trailblazing investigative journalist.

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7 Expressions You Might Not Know Came from Horse Racing

As we approach this weekend’s Kentucky Derby, explore the linguistic legacy of one of the world’s oldest sports.

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Remembering the First Presidential Inauguration, 225 Years Ago

On the 225th anniversary of his inauguration, look back at George Washington’s road to the presidency.

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Can Drones Revolutionize Archaeology?

Learn how archaeologists are discovering the most ancient of artifacts utilizing the most high-tech of tools.

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Mutiny on the Bounty, 225 Years Ago

After history’s most famous mutiny occurred 225 years ago, the adventure for the crew of HMS Bounty was only beginning.