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8 Things You May Not Know About Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

On the centennial of Jonas Salk’s birth, explore eight surprising facts about the groundbreaking polio vaccine that he developed.

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Archaeologists Reveal City Ruled By Genghis Khan’s Heirs

Archaeologists working along the Volga River in Russia have uncovered the remains of a 750-year-old city ruled by the descendants of Mongol warrior Genghis Khan.

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The Charge of the Light Brigade, 160 Years Ago

On the eve of its 160th anniversary, take a look back at history’s most celebrated cavalry charge.

Samples from this thigh bone were used to reconstruct the genome of Ust’-Ishim man. (Credit: Bence Viola/ Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Scientists Reconstruct 45,000-Year-Old Human Genome

Using material extracted from a fossilized thigh bone found in Siberia, scientists have reconstructed the genetic map of a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.

Tutankhamen's gold mask and the recently created "virtual autopsy" (Credit: Alamy/BBC)

“Virtual Autopsy” of King Tut Paints Unflattering Picture

Researchers believe he had a club foot, buck teeth and a feminine physique, along with multiple diseases.

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Archaeologists Unearth Giant Sphinx—in California

California archaeologists have unearthed a piece of Hollywood history—a plaster sphinx from the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille epic “The Ten Commandments.”

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10 Things You May Not Know About Herbert Hoover

On the 50th anniversary of Herbert Hoover’s death, learn 10 surprising facts about America’s 31st president.

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The London Beer Flood, 200 Years Ago

Two centuries ago, a brewery accident unleashed a deadly tidal wave of beer through a London neighborhood in one of history’s strangest disasters.

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Lincoln’s Peoria Speech, 160 Years Later

Find out more about the speech that resuscitated Abraham Lincoln’s political career and launched him towards the presidency, 160 years ago today.

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The Cardiff Giant Fools the Nation, 145 Years Ago

In 1869, trickster George Hull masterminded one of the 19th century’s most sensational hoaxes: the discovery of a 10-foot-tall giant.

Artist's rendering of massive iceberg drifting along the coast of southern Florida. (Credit: Alan Condron)

Massive Icebergs Once Reached Florida Coast

During the last ice age, they drifted thousands of miles south from Canada, researchers find.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Erwin Rommel

On the 70th anniversary of his death get the facts on the famed “Desert Fox.”

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8 Things You May Not Know About Emperor Claudius

Explore eight surprising facts about the life of Rome’s fourth emperor.