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An analysis of rock dust by the Curiosity rover suggests that life could once have thrived on the Red Planet.
As cardinals begin their conclave at the Vatican to elect a new pope, explore 10 things you may not know about the seat of the Catholic Church.
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A discovery from the wreckage of a 16th-century ship may finally prove that the Vikings’ legendary “sunstones” really existed.
As Venezuela prepares for his state funeral on Friday, find out more about Hugo Chávez’s rise to power and 14 years in office.
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