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Using tree rings, scientists have identified the origins of a wooden ship unearthed at the former World Trade Center site in Manhattan four years ago.
Newly released love letters between Warren G. Harding and his longtime mistress reveal a surprising side of the 29th president.
On the 85th anniversary of her birth, learn 10 surprising facts about the life and work of one of America’s most iconic first ladies.
New discoveries at an ancient fort in County Durham offer an 1,800-year-old glimpse into daily life in Roman Britain.
Using the Kepler telescope, astronomers have found an orbiting body with the longest year—704 days—of any transiting exoplanet yet discovered.
In two new studies, scientists analyzed teeth extracted from ancient skeletons in order to learn more about one of our most enduring health problems: cavities.
On the 120th anniversary of the world’s first organized auto race, take a look back at the quirky history of early motoring.
Ongoing research on two 2,000-year-old corpses preserved in the peat bogs of Denmark reveals that they both traveled from elsewhere before their deaths.
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70 years after the worst home front disaster of World War II, learn how an explosion at a California port sparked a Naval mutiny and led to an influential debate on civil rights.