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Scientists Discover World’s Largest Fish

Thanks to a nearly complete skeleton found buried in an English quarry, the giant Jurassic-era Leedsichthys has grabbed the title of world’s largest fish.

David Cox, Jr holds a replica ring (right) and the original (left) that belonged to his father, U.S. Army Air Corps member David Cox. (Credit: Norwood McDowell)

WWII POW’s Lost Ring Recovered After 68 Years

In early 1945, U.S. 2nd Lt. David C. Cox traded his gold signet ring to a fellow POW in Germany; now, after 68 years, it has been returned to his family.

The former Kreditbanken building at Norrmalstorg Square. (Credit: Getty Images)

The Birth of “Stockholm Syndrome,” 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, a six-day hostage drama inside a Swedish bank christened the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome.”

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Spicy Find Sheds Light on Ancient Cuisine

By analyzing Stone-Age clay cooking vessels, researchers have found the earliest conclusive evidence of humans using spices to flavor their food.

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Ostrich-Egg Globe May Be Oldest to Depict New World

A Belgian map collector has found what may be the oldest known globe to depict the New World, dating to the early 1500s and engraved on the shell of an ostrich egg.

Members of the Mashco-Piro tribe in 2011. (Credit: AP Images/FENAMAD)

Peruvian Tribe Makes Rare Appearance

The Mashco-Piro, an indigenous group from the Amazon, is one of the most isolated tribes on Earth.

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New Mammal Discovered in the Americas

This week, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution introduced the olinguito —the newest mammal and the first carnivore discovered in the Americas in 35 years.

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10 Things You May Not Know About “Lawrence of Arabia”

On the 125th anniversary of the birth of T.E. Lawrence, learn 10 surprising facts about the man known as “Lawrence of Arabia.”

November 1965: Northeast U.S. and Ontario, Canada

Blackout: The Worst Power Outages in History

Find out what happened when the lights went out.

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Celebrate a Southpaw, It’s Left-Handers’ Day

August 13 marks the 21st annual celebration honoring left-handed achievements.

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Six Things You May Not Know About the Louvre

As the world-famous museum turns 220 years old, here are some surprising facts about its long history.

Fugitive Ronnie Biggs, one of the masterminds of the Great Train Robbery, in 1994. (Credit: Getty Images)

50 Years On, Looking Back at the Great Train Robbery

On August 8, 1963, 15 thieves pulled off one of the most famous heists of all time, robbing the U.K.’s Royal Mail train and making off with the equivalent of $69 million.

Upernavik, Greenland (Credit: Lee Corbett)

Scientists Discover Protective “Ghost Glaciers” in Greenland

A new study finds that so-called “ghost glaciers” – layers of non-erosive glacial ice – have protected Greenland’s ancient landscapes for more than 800,000 years.