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metal

For Sale: A Penny That Stopped a Bullet and Saved a Life

It's not the only everyday object to have done so on the battlefield.
March 21, 2019
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world record

It's Official, This Is the Oldest Known Mariner's Astrolabe in the World

More than 500 years old, it was found with the oldest ship's bell.
March 18, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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feast

Pig Remains Show How Far Prehistoric People Traveled to Visit Stonehenge

Epic Neolithic feasts drew crowds from opposite ends of Britain.
March 13, 2019
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escape routes

For Sale: A POW Journal Documenting World War II's 'Great Escape'

A look inside the mind of a legendary plot.
March 11, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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asia

Science Finds the Cross-Continental Origins of Beer Yeast

Ales and lagers have ancestry in both Europe and Asia.
March 06, 2019
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economics

For Sale: Gold From One of the Worst Shipwrecks in U.S. History

Much of the cargo is still missing, but for different reasons.
March 04, 2019
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southwest

Found: The Oldest Tattoo Needles in Western North America

They could sharpen our understanding of Pueblo prehistory.
February 28, 2019
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sloths

Found: A Giant Sloth Tooth in a 200-Foot-Deep Sinkhole

The bone helps to explain how the creature stuck around for more than 10,000 years.
February 27, 2019
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climate change

What Poop Can Teach Us About an Ancient City's Downfall

Cahokia's decline is at least partially a story of climate change.
February 25, 2019
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auctions

For Sale: Original Poetry, Handwritten by Bonnie and Clyde

The outlaw lovers had some literary tendencies.
February 22, 2019
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mars

What's the Weather Like on Mars?

A new NASA robot is braving extreme temperatures to learn about the Red Planet.
February 20, 2019
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belgium

Inside the Belgian Library That Tore Itself Apart

In the 1960s, a conflict between Dutch-speaking and French-speaking students divided a historic collection.
February 14, 2019
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tobacco

Sold: A Stuffed Whale Penis for $6,000

Yep.
February 13, 2019
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naval history

Found: Shipwrecks, Helmets, and Clues From an Ancient Roman Naval Battle

Researchers are using conflicting pieces to puzzle out what happened in 241 BC.
February 11, 2019
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namibia

These Namibian Hills Are Holdovers From an Ice Age

They reveal that ice was once speeding through southern Africa.
February 06, 2019
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plankton

Climate Change Is Altering the Color of the Oceans

New research suggests that we will see deeper shades of blue and green by 2100.
February 04, 2019
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neanderthals

This Skull Is Both Older and More Modern Than We Thought

Mongolanthropus was one of us.
January 31, 2019
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evolution

This Dinosaur's Feathers Are an Evolutionary Mystery

They offer conflicting clues as to whether or not it could fly.
January 28, 2019
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neanderthals

Neanderthals Had Advanced Hunting Technology

Contrary to what popular opinion might assume.
January 25, 2019
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Found: The First Fossil of the Slime-Spewing Hagfish

It helps us reconsider our own origins, too.
January 23, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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indigenous

Found: Really, Really Old Quinoa

These 3,000-year-old charred seeds are the oldest of their kind ever found in Ontario.
January 18, 2019
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jordan

How Long Have Dogs Been Helping Us Hunt?

New findings in Jordan indicate that they've been assisting us for nearly 12,000 years.
January 16, 2019
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antarctic

Antarctica Is Losing 250 Billion Tons of Ice Per Year

For nearly 40 years, this loss has accelerated at a devastating clip.
January 14, 2019
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llamas

Poop-Eating Mites Are Handy Historians

These arthropods can tell us about the causes of animal extinctions.
January 09, 2019