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University of Alaska Museum of the North examining Cretaceous rock along the Yukon River (Credit: Pat Druckenmiller)

Important New Site for Dinosaur Fossils Discovered in Alaska

Researchers make a rare find: thousands of dino tracks along the Yukon River.

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Lincoln Spotted Among Throngs in Rare Gettysburg Photo

A former Disney animator and self-proclaimed Abraham Lincoln nut appears to have identified the 16th president in one of the only known photographs of the Gettysburg dedication ceremony.

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After 69 Years, Daughter of WWII Soldier Receives His Letter

A Nevada woman finally receives a letter written to her by the father she never met, along with his Purple Heart medal.

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Document Reveals 1961 Nuclear Close-Call over North Carolina

A newly declassified document reveals how close the United States came to accidentally detonating a nuclear bomb on North Carolina in 1961.

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9 Things You Should Know About Victoria Woodhull

On the 175th anniversary of Victoria Woodhull’s birth, learn some surprising facts about the colorful feminist trailblazer.

Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King face off on September 20, 1973. (Credit: Getty Images)

Billie Jean King Wins the ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ 40 Years Ago

On the 40th anniversary of the so-called “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, take a look back at Billie Jean King’s straight-sets victory over self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs.

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8 Things You Should Know About the Battle of Chickamauga

On its 150th anniversary, explore surprising facts about one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War.

September 21, 1938 weather map. (Credit: NOAA Central Library Data Imaging Project)

The Killer Hurricane That Surprised the Northeast, 75 Years Ago

The monstrous Hurricane of 1938 killed hundreds as it tore through the Northeast—and no one knew it was coming.

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The Dark Side of the Grimm Fairy Tales

On the 150th anniversary of Jacob Grimm’s death, explore six sinister themes in his work you likely wouldn’t find in a modern-day children’s story.

NASA artist's rendering of Voyager 1 entering interstellar space. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Houston, We (May) Have Left the Solar System

Voyager 1 is the first man-made object to reach interstellar space, NASA has confirmed.

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Remembering the Birmingham Church Bombing

Fifty years ago this week, a bomb exploded at a predominantly black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls and setting off nationwide soul-searching.

David Taylor holds the 10th century Viking arm ring he discovered last year.

Viking-Era Ring Unearthed in Northern Ireland

A recently discovered piece of Viking jewelry may date back to the 10th century.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Jesse Owens

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jesse Owens, learn 10 surprising facts about the Olympic track and field champion.