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Official Portrait of Neil Armstrong

Remembering Neil Armstrong: Slideshow

Explore the incredible career of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died Saturday at 82.

Dust Bowl

10 Things You May Not Know About the Dust Bowl

As the United States experiences its worst dry spell in 50 years, explore 10 surprising facts about its most epic drought disaster—the Dust Bowl.

Charge of the Light Brigade

The Last Major Cavalry Charge, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years ago, what many consider the last major cavalry charge took place in the Soviet Union.

Gertrude Ederle

Remembering Long-Distance Swimmer Gertrude Ederle

As Diana Nyad abandons her swim from Cuba to Key West, take a look back at the first woman to swim the English Channel.

Constitution Guerriere

How USS Constitution Became ‘Old Ironsides’ 200 Years Ago

Two hundred years ago, USS Constitution defeated HMS Guerriere and earned the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

Terra Nova

Wreck of Robert Falcon Scott’s Ship Terra Nova Discovered

A century after Robert Scott’s ill-fated trek to the South Pole, the ship that brought him to Antarctica has been found off the coast of Greenland.

Angela Micol

Has Google Earth Revealed Lost Egyptian Pyramids?

A North Carolina woman claims to have discovered two lost Egyptian pyramid complexes using Google Earth.

Neanderthal DNA

We May Not Be Part Neanderthal After All

Common ancestry, rather than interbreeding, could account for genetic similarities between humans and Neanderthals.

Ancient Olympics

5 Myths About the Ancient Olympics

Although shrouded in myth, the ancient Olympics were surprisingly similar to the modern Olympic Games.

Curiosity Rover

Mars and Martian Mania: A Brief History

As NASA’s rover Curiosity continues the quest to find life on Mars, explore five key events that piqued the public interest in the Red Planet.

Homo Genus Diversity

Multiple Lines of Early Humans Coexisted in Africa, Study Suggests

Our most direct ancestors weren’t alone 2 million years ago, newly discovered fossils from Kenya indicate.

Cricket Olympics

5 Sports That Haven’t Made It Into the Olympics (Yet)

They may have tons of fans and participants around the world, but these sports still aren’t part of the ultimate international competition.

Lizzie Borden

9 Things You May Not Know About Lizzie Borden

Explore nine fascinating facts about Lizzie Borden, who may or may not have taken an ax and given her parents lethal whacks in August 1892.