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A technical diver examines the Antikythera shipwreck. (Credit: Brett Seymour/Return to Antikythera 2014)

Divers Excavate Greek Shipwreck Dubbed “Ancient Titanic”

Recent excavations of a ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago near the Greek island of Antikythera have yielded some astonishing new discoveries.

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Indonesian Cave Paintings May Be Among World’s Oldest Art

Paintings found on limestone cave walls in Indonesia may date back at least 40,000 years, as long as the earliest art found in caves in Western Europe.

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson baseball card (Credit: Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

The Black Sox Baseball Scandal, 95 Years Ago

Ninety-five years after players from the Chicago White Sox allegedly threw the 1919 World Series, learn the story behind one of professional baseball’s most notorious scandals.

Artist's rendering of Tachiraptor admirabilis on the attack. (Credit: Maurílio Oliveira)

New Bipedal Dinosaur Unearthed in Venezuela

A distant cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex and Allosaurus, it likewise dined on meat.

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Iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel Changes Hands

Explore 10 surprising facts about the legendary New York landmark that yesterday sold for $1.95 billion to a Chinese insurance company.

The Kon-Tiki voyage, 1947.

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Voyage

On the 100th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl’s birth, look back at his historic voyage across the Pacific on the primitive raft Kon-Tiki.

Louis and Auguste Lumière

The Lumière Brothers, Pioneers of Cinema

On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Lumière, take a look back at the Lumière brothers and their groundbreaking invention, the Cinématographe.

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Human Sleep Cycle May Have Roots in Ancient Oceans

A new study suggests that melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep, may have first evolved hundreds of millions of years ago in tiny ocean creatures.

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“Dracula’s Dungeon” Unearthed in Turkey

Turkish archaeologists say they have discovered dungeons that once held Vlad the Impaler, the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Did Marco Polo Visit Alaska?

According to a new book, centuries-old maps may reveal that Marco Polo sailed to the New World 200 years before Christopher Columbus.

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9 Things You May Not Know About the U.S. Armed Forces

Delve into the history of America’s military on the 225th anniversary of its official founding.

Lighting Simulation Offers More Proof of Moon Landing

Lighting Simulation Offers More Proof of Moon Landing

A new virtual lighting model by computer graphics chipmaker Nvidia debunks claims that the Apollo moon landings were staged.

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Amphipolis Tomb May Belong to Alexander the Great’s Mother

A pair of caryatids–or pillars made of sculpted female figures–found at the massive Greek burial complex may hint at the identity of the tomb’s occupant.