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Scientists Point to Volcanoes As Ice Age Safe Havens

A new study concludes that the heat from Antarctic volcanoes helped many plants and bugs survive past ice ages.

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Bill Guarnere, Member of World War II “Band of Brothers,” Dies

The South Philadelphia native and highly decorated veteran was 90 years old.

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The Sled Dog Relay That Inspired the Iditarod

Look back at the 1925 life-or-death mission that inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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10 Things You Should Know About Millard Fillmore

On the 140th anniversary of Millard Fillmore’s death, get the facts on the last Whig president.

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Asteroid Trio Gives Earth a Close Shave

Three asteroids passed by Earth this week closer than the distance from us to the moon.

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Neanderthal-Era Virus Found Surviving in Permafrost

Scientists have revived the world’s largest known virus from a piece of Siberian permafrost over 30,000 years old.

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From King Cake to Zulu Coconuts: The History of 6 Mardi Gras Traditions

Explore the history behind six of the most famous Mardi Gras traditions, New Orleans-style.

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Gunfire Erupts Inside U.S. Capitol, 60 Years Ago

In March 1954, members of an extremist Puerto Rican nationalist group launched a terrorist attack protesting U.S. control of the island.

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Andersonville, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the death of Andersonville’s first prisoner of war, look back at the notorious Confederate prison camp.

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.

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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.