History

Albert Einstein's WWII-Era Letter Up for Auction
Einstein's signed letter.
November 20th, 2014
In 1939, renowned physicist Albert Einstein penned a letter to a businessman in New York, acknowledging the man's efforts to help Jewish refugees at the start of World War II. Now, 75 years later, that document is up for auction in Los Angeles.
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'Extraordinary' 5,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Discovered
An ancient human footprint.
November 13th, 2014
When a pair of fishermen waded into the frigid waters of the southern Baltic Sea about 5,000 years ago, they probably didn't realize that the shifting seabed beneath their feet was recording their every move.
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'Project Recover' Searches for Long-Lost World War II Heroes
November 11th, 2014
"Project Recover" uses underwater robots to scour the ocean in search of lost World War II veterans.
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Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered
An Egyptian Handbook of Ritual Power (as researchers call it) has been deciphered revealing a series of invocations and spells. It includes love spells, exorcisms and a cure for black jaundice (a potentially fatal infection). Written in Coptic (an Egyptia
November 20th, 2014
Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells.
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In Photos: Stone Age Human Footprints Discovered
An ancient human footprint.
November 13th, 2014
Stone Age fishermen got stuck in the mud on the southern shore of Denmark's Lolland Island 5,000 years ago. Their footprints have been there ever since.
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Photos: Underwater Robots Help Recover WWII Plane Wrecks
November 11th, 2014
Project Recover using autonomous robots to map areas where World War II planes likely crashed in the Pacific Ocean.
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Ancient Chinese Tomb Reveals Vivid Murals & Poetry (Photos)
The east wall of the tomb
November 11th, 2014
A 1,000-year-old tomb covered with murals has been discovered in Datong City, in northern China, archaeologists say.
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'Forgotten' Brain Region Rediscovered a Century Later
Brain diagram illustration
November 17th, 2014
A major pathway of the human brain involved in visual perception, attention and movement, and overlooked by many researchers for more than a century, is finally getting its moment in the sun.
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Bone Fragments Found in Greek Tomb from Era of Alexander the Great
The burial vault inside a tomb at Amphipolis.
November 12th, 2014
Skeletal remains have finally been discovered inside a lavish burial complex in Greece that is thought to be the largest of its kind in the Greek world and dates back to the era of Alexander the Great.
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Famed Physicist Ernest Rutherford Helped Pioneer Sonar in Secret
sonar of shipwreck
November 11th, 2014
Ernest Rutherford is best-known for splitting the atom, but that's not his only claim to fame. The British physicist also helped pave the way for sonar technology.
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