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National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum Commemorates 70 Years Since Pearl Harbor

Find out more about the museum and how you could win free passes to an upcoming conference and a stay in New Orleans.

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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of First Supernova on Record

NASA telescopes have shed light on how the traces of an exploded star traveled faster and further than expected.

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Notorious Mothers-in-Law Throughout History

For Mother-in-Law Day on Sunday, appreciate your mother-in-law even more than usual by reading these tales.

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Forensics Put a Face to a Stone Age Boy’s Remains

The face of a teenager who died 7,500 years ago has been brought back to life through methods that combine forensics and art.

Declaration of Independence

Is the Declaration of Independence Illegal?

British barristers and American attorneys debated whether the historic document amounted to treason.

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The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi: Slideshow

As news of his death breaks, find out more about the ousted Libyan leader’s rise and fall.

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Viking Chief Buried in His Boat Found in Scotland

The first intact Viking boat burial site to be found on the British mainland was discovered recently in Scotland, archaeologists announced.

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Did Jamestown’s Settlers Drink Themselves to Death?

Geologists are investigating whether tainted drinking water killed most of Jamestown’s colonists during the “starving time” of 1609-1610.

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100,000-Year-Old Paint Mixing Kits Found

A recent discovery suggests that early humans engaged in sophisticated behaviors such as making paint earlier than previously thought.

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Tyrannosaurus Rex Goes Up a Size

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest land predators that ever lived, was even bigger than previously thought, according to a new study.

Black Death Genome

Is the Black Death the Ancestor of All Modern Plagues?

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the bug responsible for the Black Death, which killed up to half of Europe’s population in the mid-14th century.

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Wall Street: 300 Years of Protests

As the Occupy Wall Street movement enters its fifth week, explore a map of historic protests, riots and other events in New York’s Financial District.

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Urban Infernos Throughout History

Get the facts on the Great Chicago Fire, which took place 140 years ago, and other blazes that decimated cities.