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T. Rex Cousin Was Largest Known Feathered Animal

A giant dinosaur that roamed China 125 million years ago is the largest feathered creature known to science, a new study reports.

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New York’s Tallest, From Trinity Church to the Freedom Tower: Slideshow

With the Freedom Tower poised to become New York’s tallest building, find out about other structures that have held that distinction over the years.

Early Fires

Human Ancestors Tamed Fire Earlier Than Thought

Campfire remains from a South African cave suggest fire control by early humans dates back 1 million years.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Penny

As Canada eliminates its pennies from circulation, explore surprising facts about the one-cent coin.

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Van Gogh Painted Mutant Sunflowers

Scientists have studied the genetic mutation responsible for an uncommon sunflower variety depicted in van Gogh’s famous “Sunflower” series.

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Are Greece’s Ancient Treasures Under Threat?

Greek archaeologists report that budget cuts have placed the country’s cultural heritage at risk.

Moon Formation

Where Does the Moon Come From?

As new research casts doubt on a leading theory about how the moon came into being, explore various lunar formation models.

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Georgian-Era British Sailors Lived on Ample Meat and Beer, Study Shows

Sailors in the British Royal Navy ate better than working-class civilians 200 years ago, research suggests.

Sunken Cities

Sunken Cities

As news breaks that Venice is (still) sinking, explore other cities that have slipped beneath the waves.

Cherry Blossom Festival

The Drama Behind 100 Years of Washington’s Cherry Blossoms

Beginning today, this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 100th anniversary of the planting of Japanese cherry trees in Washington, D.C.

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Vikings Had Mice, Did Travel

The Vikings brought the house mouse species to the areas they settled, including Iceland and Greenland, a new study shows.

St. Patrick's Day Myths

St. Patrick’s Day Myths Debunked

Before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, get your facts straight by exploring common misconceptions about the holiday.

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Julius Caesar’s Final Moments: Video

What did the Roman ruler experience after a mob of conspiring senators stabbed him 23 times?