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Horse Domestication

Horse Domestication Happened Across Eurasia, Study Shows

A new DNA study suggests that different groups of people independently tamed horses starting 10,000 years ago.

Apollo 1

45 Years Ago: Apollo 1 Mission Ends in Disaster

Find out about the Apollo 1 disaster and how the American space program rebounded from the tragedy to put a human on the moon.

Altai

Native Americans Hailed From Siberian Highlands, DNA Reveals

Most scholars think that Native Americans’ ancestors trekked across the Bering Strait from Siberia, but aspects of the historic migration remain matters of debate.

Dinosaur Nests

Oldest Known Dinosaur Nesting Site Was Also a Nursery

Researchers have unearthed the oldest known dinosaur hatchery, where prosauropods laid their eggs and guarded their young 190 million years ago.

John Hancock

A Brief History of Penmanship on National Handwriting Day

Today is National Handwriting Day, a time for acknowledging the history and influence of penmanship.

Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen: 5 Fascinating Facts

Find out more about the distinguished all-black unit portrayed in the new movie “Red Tails.”

Ancient Popcorn

Popcorn Was Popular in Ancient Peru, Discovery Suggests

Nearly seven millennia before movie nights and microwaves, humans snacked on popcorn, according to a new study.

Jack the Ripper Autobiography

Jack the Ripper ‘Autobiography’ Hits Shelves

Written in the 1920s and rediscovered in 2008, memoirs supposedly written by the real Jack the Ripper were published today.

Medicinal Alcohol Prescription

Drink Some Whiskey, Call in the Morning: Doctors & Prohibition

During Prohibition, which took effect 93 years ago this week, many doctors boosted their practices by doling out medicinal alcohol.

William Wallace Letter

700-Year-Old William Wallace Letter Finally Reaches Scotland

A note of recommendation issued by King Philip IV of France and possibly carried by William Wallace will go on display this August at the Scottish Parliament.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alexander Hamilton

January 11 marks the anniversary of the birth of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s most influential and controversial founding fathers.

Grooming Claw

Does Primitive Claw Disqualify So-Called ‘Missing Link’ Candidate?

Researchers found that the toes of a 47-million-year-old primate suggest a transitional phase from nails to claws—or vice versa.

Titanic Auction

Amazing Treasures From Titanic to Be Auctioned: Slideshow

Get a sneak peek at the remarkable collection of artifacts from Titanic that will be auctioned in New York this April.