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The Kon-Tiki voyage, 1947.

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Voyage

On the 100th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl’s birth, look back at his historic voyage across the Pacific on the primitive raft Kon-Tiki.

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The Lumière Brothers, Pioneers of Cinema

On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Lumière, take a look back at the Lumière brothers and their groundbreaking invention, the Cinématographe.

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Human Sleep Cycle May Have Roots in Ancient Oceans

A new study suggests that melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep, may have first evolved hundreds of millions of years ago in tiny ocean creatures.

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“Dracula’s Dungeon” Unearthed in Turkey

Turkish archaeologists say they have discovered dungeons that once held Vlad the Impaler, the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Did Marco Polo Visit Alaska?

According to a new book, centuries-old maps may reveal that Marco Polo sailed to the New World 200 years before Christopher Columbus.

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9 Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Armed Forces

Delve into the history of America’s military on the 225th anniversary of its official founding.

Lighting Simulation Offers More Proof of Moon Landing

Lighting Simulation Offers More Proof of Moon Landing

A new virtual lighting model by computer graphics chipmaker Nvidia debunks claims that the Apollo moon landings were staged.

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Amphipolis Tomb May Belong to Alexander the Great’s Mother

A pair of caryatids–or pillars made of sculpted female figures–found at the massive Greek burial complex may hint at the identity of the tomb’s occupant.

Black Friday Gold Scandal

The “Black Friday” Gold Scandal, 145 Years Ago

On the 145th anniversary of Jim Fisk and Jay Gould’s attempt to corner the U.S. gold market, learn more about one of the 19th century’s most infamous financial scandals.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Sigmund Freud

On the 75th anniversary of Dr. Sigmund Freud’s death, learn 10 surprising facts about the father of modern psychoanalysis.

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700-Year-Old Skeletons Found Holding Hands

Archeologists excavating the Chapel of St. Morrell in England have uncovered a pair of skeletons that have been holding hands for the past 700 years.

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The Capture of the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapper, 80 Years Ago

On the 80th anniversary of Bruno Hauptmann’s arrest, look back at the big break in the search for the Lindbergh baby’s kidnapper.

World War II intelligence files released by Britain's National Archives in September, 2014. (Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

British Files Reveal Secrets of WWII Spies, Traitors

Newly released WWII files confirm the existence of a legendary seductive spy and reveal more about one of Britain’s most notorious traitors.