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Though caused by the same pathogen, the deadly Plague of Justinian appears to have emerged separately from later plagues such as the Black Death.
The first car designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche—an electric vehicle from 1898—was recently uncovered in an Austrian garage after more than a century.
New research published this weekend provides the latest fodder for a long-standing debate over when the majestic Grand Canyon was actually formed.
The remains of a previously unidentified pharaoh dating back some 3,600 years provides valuable new evidence of a forgotten Egyptian dynasty.
British researchers have uncovered what may be King Alfred the Great’s pelvic bone.
On the 90th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin’s death, take a closer look at the world’s first communist head of state.
On the 75th anniversary of the first Superman comic strip, explore eight surprising facts about the Man of Steel.
An investment group is hoping to claim its share of the market with a new Titanic theme park, slated to open in 2016.
New forensic research on 39 skulls unearthed in London may offer the first proof of Roman-era gladiators in the ancient city.
Fossils of an ancient fish found in the Canadian Arctic suggest that the hind legs of four-legged animals actually developed in the water, as enhanced fins.
With some help from abroad, the National Museum of Afghanistan has reassembled or recovered thousands of artifacts destroyed or stolen under Islamist rule.