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Dinosaur Sites Under Siege By Poachers

Researchers worry that black-market dino bones will be lost forever to science.

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Legendary Sea Giant Discovered

A snorkeling science instructor discovers a dead 18-foot, 200-pound oarfish and drags it to land.

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New Research Reveals President Taft’s Modern, Low-Carb Diet

New research has revealed that the portliest of American presidents shed 60 pounds on a modern, low-carb diet.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Marie Antoinette

On the 220th anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution, learn 10 surprising facts about the former queen of France.

Scientist's reconstruction of Ötzi the Iceman (Credit: Getty Images)

Europe’s Oldest Natural Mummy Has Living Relatives

The 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman was discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991. Now, scientists have discovered he has at least 19 living Austrian descendants.

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Scott Carpenter, Second American to Orbit the Earth, Dies at 88

A member of the Mercury 7, Carpenter made his historic flight in May 1962.

Leonardo da Vinci's sketch of Isabella d'Este (left) and the recently found painting (right), purportedly by da Vinci as well.

Painting in Swiss Vault May Be Leonardo Da Vinci’s

A previously unknown painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci may have been found in a Swiss bank vault.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About the Washington Monument

Find out some fascinating facts about this American landmark, which opened to the public 125 years ago.

Leif Eriksson statue in Reykjavik, Iceland (Credit: iStockphotos.com)

The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America

Leif Eriksson Day commemorates the Norse explorer believed to have led the first European expedition to North America.

Map outlining territorial boundaries under the Proclamation of 1763. (Credit: Getty Images)

Remembering the Proclamation of 1763

King George III’s Proclamation of 1763, issued 250 years ago today, proved to be just the first of a series of British actions that led to the American Revolution.

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6 Things You May Not Know About Tecumseh

On the 200th anniversary of Tecumseh’s death, get the facts on the legendary Shawnee war chief.

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Abraham Lincoln and the “Mother of Thanksgiving”

On the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, get the full story behind one of America’s favorite holidays.

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Mount Vernon Opens New George Washington Presidential Library

More than two centuries after George Washington’s death, his wish to build his own presidential library has finally been fulfilled.