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Did Homo Erectus Craft Complex Tools and Weapons?

Homo erectus groups in China 700,000 years ago weathered the cold by making spears and tools, a new study suggests.

Prince Charles and Lady Diana

How Conventional Was Charles and Diana’s Wedding?

The nuptials of Prince Charles and Lady Diana have come to represent the archetypal royal wedding, but there are some ways in which the event broke the mold.


Royal Weddings Gone Bad

From vomiting brides to absent grooms, history has proven that not every royal wedding is the stuff of fairytales.


Slideshow: Remembering Chernobyl

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, considered the worst disaster of its kind.

Tibetan Tripiṭaka

Sacred Text Describes Successful Brain Surgery in Ancient Tibet

An intriguing account of ancient brain surgery in Tibet has been found in a 2,900-year-old collection of Buddhist texts.

Royal Weddings of the House of Windsor

Video: Royal Weddings of the House of Windsor

As the one-week countdown to the royal nuptials begins, get into the spirit with a look back at some of the House of Windsor’s most memorable weddings.

Crocodile Eating

Fossil Supports Theory That Mammal Ears Began As Reptile Jaws

A newly discovered fossil of an early mammal offers proof for the widely held belief that mammalian ears evolved from reptilian jaws.


CIA Declassifies Invisible Ink Recipes and Other Spy Documents From World War I

The CIA has declassified World War I-era documents that contain invisible ink formulas, instructions for steaming open envelopes and other spying techniques.


Study Shows William Was Medieval England’s Most Popular Name

William was the most common male name by a wide margin in 13th-century England, according to an important medieval record known as the Henry III Fine Rolls.


12 Things You May Not Know About Paul Revere

On the 236th anniversary of his famous ride, check out 12 facts about Paul Revere—from his dabbling in dentistry to his dismissal from the military–that might surprise you.

Protoceratops Eye Socket and Ring

Jurassic Dark: Study Suggests Dinosaurs Hunted at Night

A new study offers persuasive evidence that dinosaurs hunted at night, challenging prevailing assumptions that they were mostly active by day.

Civil War Portraits

Civil War Photos Go on Display at the Library of Congress

A new Library of Congress exhibition presents a rare and poignant collection of recently donated Civil War photographs.


What Did the Vikings Look Like?

Researchers have recreated the face of a Viking woman who died some 1,000 years ago, offering what may be the most accurate representation yet of a living, breathing Viking.