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Smithsonian researchers document one of the fossil whales from the Cerro Ballena site. (Credit Smithsonian Institution)

Scientists Probe Mystery Behind Chile’s Ancient Whale Graveyard

A new report provides insight into the amazing graveyard of fossilized whale skeletons unearthed during the construction of a Chilean highway.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Muhammad Ali

Fifty years after he first won the heavyweight title, explore 10 surprising facts about boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Zircon crystal found in Jack Hills region of Australia (Credit: Jack Valley)

Scientists Confirm Crystal as Oldest Piece of Earth’s Crust

Researchers have confirmed that a tiny gem found in western Australia is the oldest known piece of Earth, dating back some 4.4 billion years.

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Legendary Admiral’s WWII Diary To Be Released Online

The newly digitized 4,000-page diary chronicles the daily operations of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific during World War II.

Recreation of the Permian period (Credit: Getty Images)

Mass Extinction Occurred Much Faster Than Previously Thought

Some 252 million years ago, the planet’s largest mass extinction took place in only around 60,000 years — almost instantaneously, relative to geologic time.

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New Study Reveals Source of Stonehenge Rocks

A new study of Stonehenge’s smaller rocks pinpoints their exact source, raising questions about how they may have been transported to the monument’s site.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Winter Olympics

As the Sochi Winter Games enter their final days, explore 10 surprising facts about the Winter Olympics.

The H.L. Hunley in conservsation lab in North Charleston, South Carolina.The H.L. Hunley in conservsation lab in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The Hunley’s Daring Submarine Mission, 150 Years Ago

When the Confederate submarine Hunley sank a Union warship 150 years ago, it didn’t change the course of the Civil War, yet it altered naval warfare forever.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know Happened on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is filled not only with cards, roses and chocolates but plenty of history as well.

Clovis-era tools originally discovered along with the remains of a one-year-old boy at a burial site in western Montana in 1968. (Credit: Sarah Anzic

Ancient Infant’s DNA Provides Key to Native American Ancestry

A new genetic study links Native Americans from both North and South America to the Clovis culture, which flourished in North America around 13,000 years ago.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Charles Darwin

In honor of Darwin Day, learn 10 surprising facts about the famed evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

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From Child Star to Diplomat: Remembering Shirley Temple Black

After becoming history’s most famous child movie star during the Depression era, Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014) reinvented herself as an accomplished diplomat.

Slides from the US 1918 Flu Pandemic (Credit: Karen Kasmauski/Science Faction/Corbis)

China Epicenter of 1918 Flu Pandemic, Historian Says

According to new research by a Canadian historian, the 1918 flu outbreak that killed 50 million people originated in China.