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March Madness

10 Things You May Not Know About March Madness

Get the facts on the history of March Madness, the single-elimination college basketball tournament that many consider the best event in sports.

Kublai Khan

5 Chinese Leaders You Should Know

As a new president takes power in China, get the facts on some of the country’s most influential past leaders.

George Washington St. Patrick's Day

George Washington’s Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day

When General George Washington needed to boost sagging patriot morale, he enlisted a rarely celebrated holiday—St. Patrick’s Day—to the cause.

Four-Winged Birds

Did Four-Winged Birds and Dinos Fly the Ancient Skies?

Researchers believe the very first birds inherited a four-wing configuration from their dinosaur ancestors.

Curiosity Rover

Ancient Mars Could Have Harbored Life, Rover Finds

An analysis of rock dust by the Curiosity rover suggests that life could once have thrived on the Red Planet.

Vatican Facts

10 Things You May Not Know About the Vatican

As cardinals begin their conclave at the Vatican to elect a new pope, explore 10 things you may not know about the seat of the Catholic Church.

Papal Conclave

8 Things You May Not Know About the Papal Conclave

As cardinals gather in Rome to elect a new pontiff, take a glimpse inside the famously secretive papal conclave.

Viking Sunstone

Evidence of Fabled Viking Navigational Tool Found

A discovery from the wreckage of a 16th-century ship may finally prove that the Vikings’ legendary “sunstones” really existed.

Newspapers Announcing the Death of Hugo Chávez

The Life of Hugo Chávez: Slideshow

As Venezuela prepares for his state funeral on Friday, find out more about Hugo Chávez’s rise to power and 14 years in office.

Arctic Camel

Giant Ancient Camel Roamed the Arctic

A cold-weather camel that lived 3.5 million years ago has been discovered in Canada’s High Arctic.

Neanderthals and Rabbits

Did Rabbits Kill the Neanderthals?

Neanderthals’ fate was sealed when they passed on a rabbit-rich diet, according to new research.

Texas Facts

9 Things You May Not Know About Texas

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with a look at some of the state’s quirks.

Richard I

Richard the Lionheart’s Mummified Heart Gets a Forensic Workup

Researchers have conducted a biomedical analysis of King Richard I’s embalmed heart.