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Olympics Cheaters

Shortcuts to the Gold: 9 Cheaters in Olympic History

Although Olympians pledge to celebrate “the true spirit of sportsmanship,” explore nine instances when athletes tried to deceive their way to the top.

Ancient Mayan Prince

Tomb of Ancient Mayan Prince Discovered in Mexico

Researchers excavating the Maya settlement of Uxul, buried deep within the jungle, have uncovered the final resting place of a young prince.

Summer Olympics Facts

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Olympics

As athletes from 205 countries gather for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Games, explore 10 surprising facts about the Summer Olympics.

Defunct Olympic Sports

5 Strange Olympic Sports You Won’t See at the 2012 London Games

As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games get underway in London, explore five bizarre Olympic sports that haven’t been seen since the early 20th century.

Sally Ride

Remembering Sally Ride, Space Pioneer

Take a look back at the incredible career of astronaut Sally Ride, who died Monday at age 61.

Telstar

The Birth of Satellite TV, 50 Years Ago

On the 50th anniversary of the first live transatlantic television feed beamed by Telstar, revisit the historic broadcast of July 23, 1962.

First U.S. Olympic Team

Remembering the First U.S. Olympic Team

Author Jim Reisler answers questions about America’s first Olympic team, the subject of his recent book.

Neanderthal Arms

Big Neanderthal Arms Caused by Making Clothes, Study Suggests

Scraping animal hides, not hunting with spears, may have produced Neanderthals’ humerus asymmetry.

Army Sacrifice

Entire Army Sacrificed in Denmark Returns to the Surface

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of more than 200 warriors who were thrown into a Danish lake some 2,000 years ago.

Bonnie and Clyde Guns

Guns Found on Outlaws Bonnie and Clyde for Sale

Nearly 80 years after the bloody shootout that killed the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, their handguns are being put up for auction.

Automat

The Automat: Birth of a Fast Food Nation

A century after Horn & Hardart opened its first Automat in New York City, take a look back at America’s first fast food chain.

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor: 6 Surprising Facts

Discover six things you may not know about the Medal of Honor, which was signed into law 150 years ago, and its recipients.

U.S. Invasion of Canada

How U.S. Forces Failed to Conquer Canada 200 Years Ago

The United States’ invasion of Canada 200 years ago went awry from the start.