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7 Fascinating Facts About the Panama Canal

On the 100th anniversary of its opening, find out more about the famous waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Partial view of excavation site in Amphipolis, Greece (Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Michaliidis)

Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece

The Greek government has announced that an “extremely important” tomb has been found in northern Greece, sparking speculation about who may be buried inside.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock

On the 115th anniversary of his birth, learn nine surprising facts about the man known as the big screen’s “Master of Suspense.”

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Navy Christens Research Ship Named for Sally Ride

The U.S. Navy has christened a new research vessel named in honor of the first American woman in space, Sally Ride.

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Study Explores Rise of Egyptian Pharaohs

A new study reveals how a despotic system like ancient Egypt’s could have evolved from egalitarian hunter-gatherer societies.

Flanked by family members, Richard Nixon delivers farewell address in the East Room of the White House, August 9, 1974.

The Last Hours of the Nixon Presidency, 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign from office. Read how his final hours in the White House unfolded.

French aerialist Philippe Petit walks on a cable suspended between the not-yet-completed twin towers of the World Trade Center, August 7, 1974. (Credit: Associated Press)

The Twin Towers High-Wire Walk, 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, New York awoke to find Philippe Petit walking on a wire between the 110-story Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

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Lower Testosterone May Have Civilized Humanity, Study Says

A new study argues that humanity’s development of tools, art and culture may have coincided with lower levels of testosterone and a more feminine skull shape.

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The Battle of Mobile Bay, 150 Years Ago

Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and supposedly delivered one of history’s most iconic orders 150 years ago.

Painting depicting engagement between USS Maddox and North Vietnamese torpedo boats on August 2, 1964. (Credit: Naval Historical Center)

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 50 Years Ago

One real and one phantom firefight 50 years ago embroiled the United States in the Vietnam War.

Pierced skull front of one of the bodies discovered near Alken Enge (Credit: Aarhus University)

Evidence of Gruesome Ancient Ritual Unearthed in Denmark

Danish archeologists have found evidence that the bodies of a vanquished Iron Age army were ritualistically desecrated as part of a grisly religious sacrifice

Part of the ship's keel, which researchers identified as hickory, indicating the ship was probably built in the northeastern United States. (Credit: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

Tree Rings Solve World Trade Center Ship Mystery

Using tree rings, scientists have identified the origins of a wooden ship unearthed at the former World Trade Center site in Manhattan four years ago.

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Warren G. Harding’s Steamy Love Letters Unsealed

Newly released love letters between Warren G. Harding and his longtime mistress reveal a surprising side of the 29th president.