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The Birth of OK, 175 Years Ago

Thanks in part to its adoption in the 1840 presidential campaign, what began as a lame joke in a Boston newspaper morphed into one of the most ubiquitous expressions in the English language

Students walk past a mural dedicated to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (Credit: Ted Aljibe/Getty Images)

History’s Missing Passenger Flights

As the search for a missing Malaysian airliner continues, look back at six other times when passenger flights mysteriously vanished over water.

Photo depicting sternum of Amara West skeleton with cancerous bone lesions. (Credit: British Museum)

3,200-Year-Old Skeleton is Oldest Known Case of Human Cancer

British researchers have found the earliest known case of human metastatic cancer in the skeleton of a young man who died around 1200 B.C. in ancient Egypt.

The BICEP2, or Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization, telescope. (Credit: Steffan Richter/Harvard University)

Scientists May Have Found Key to Unlock Big Bang Mystery

New findings announced this week support the theory that the universe underwent a fast and furious expansion just a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

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Did an Irish Monk “Discover” America?

A century after St. Patrick, another Irish saint embarked on a legendary voyage that some believe took him to North America.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Andrew Jackson

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, explore 10 surprising facts about the first Irish-American president—and he wasn’t JFK.

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T. Rex’s Little Cousin: New Pygmy Tyrannosaur Discovered in Alaska

A newly discovered species of tyrannosaur roamed the ancient Arctic 70 million years ago and was about half the size of its close cousin, Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Scientists Point to Volcanoes As Ice Age Safe Havens

A new study concludes that the heat from Antarctic volcanoes helped many plants and bugs survive past ice ages.

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Bill Guarnere, Member of World War II “Band of Brothers,” Dies

The South Philadelphia native and highly decorated veteran was 90 years old.

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The Sled Dog Relay That Inspired the Iditarod

Look back at the 1925 life-or-death mission that inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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10 Things You Should Know About Millard Fillmore

On the 140th anniversary of Millard Fillmore’s death, get the facts on the last Whig president.

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Asteroid Trio Gives Earth a Close Shave

Three asteroids passed by Earth this week closer than the distance from us to the moon.

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Neanderthal-Era Virus Found Surviving in Permafrost

Scientists have revived the world’s largest known virus from a piece of Siberian permafrost over 30,000 years old.