31 December 2013, 07:56 AM ET
The desire to reflect and start anew each year is an old one, stretching back to civic and spiritual oaths made in Babylonian and Roman times. Today, New Year's resolutions tend to be secular.
31 December 2013, 07:13 AM ET
Using NASA data and new computer simulations, researchers say they've discovered how the sun would have lined up with an Egyptian obelisk and the famed Ara Pacis in ancient Rome.
30 December 2013, 11:25 AM ET
Bones found in the 1980s in an Italian cave and identified as Neanderthal actually belonged to a human, or humans, from the Middle Ages, new research finds. The study highlights the need to reassess old anthropological discoveries.
28 December 2013, 12:16 PM ET
From the possibility that the earliest humans were one species rather than many, to the discovery of the oldest known human DNA, LiveScience reviews what we learned about human origins in 2013.
27 December 2013, 12:39 PM ET
Traces of ancient vineyards that date back 1,000 years were discovered in the terraced fields of a medieval village in Spain, according to a new archaeological study.
23 December 2013, 07:01 PM ET
From one monkey cuddling a kitten to 12 gorgeous jellies, the Royal Society of the U.K. celebrates Christmas with a series of beautiful science illustrations.
23 December 2013, 05:20 PM ET
Metal in ancient shipwrecks has value for both historians and scientists.
23 December 2013, 02:30 PM ET
Christmas, in the religious sense at least, centers on one basic tenet of Christian belief: that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin mother. But stories of miraculous conception aren't unique to Christianity.
21 December 2013, 07:43 AM ET
Ancient cultures throughout the world have noted and celebrated the shortest day of the year for millennia. Here are six ancient structures that pay tribute to the winter solstice.
21 December 2013, 12:46 AM ET
Michael Barany has been researching the history of modern mathematics in Paris.
20 December 2013, 07:41 PM ET
The Byzantine Empire, also called Byzantium, was the eastern half of the Roman Empire that continued on after the western half of the empire collapsed.
20 December 2013, 11:03 AM ET
The rock panel, depicting spiders possibly trapping insects in their orb web, presents an archaeological mystery: Why did ancient people draw spiders when no other examples are known to exist elsewhere in Egypt or the entire Old World?
20 December 2013, 09:23 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered a panel containing the only known example of spider rock art in Egypt and, it appears, the entire Old World.
19 December 2013, 02:37 PM ET
First produced in the mid-19th century, commercial Christmas cards have spawned a multimillion-dollar industry. Here's a look at some images that may have filled mailboxes in the Victorian era.
19 December 2013, 12:04 PM ET
The multimillion-dollar Christmas card industry got off to a humble start in London more than 150 years ago.
18 December 2013, 10:22 AM ET
Elves have gone from a race of "hidden folk" in Norse mythology to mischievous troublemakers to snitches for Santa.
18 December 2013, 07:53 AM ET
A piece of the famous Halley's comet likely slammed into Earth in A.D. 536, blasting so much dust into the atmosphere the planet cooled considerably, a new study suggests. This dramatic climate shift is linked to drought and famine around the world.
17 December 2013, 12:16 PM ET
One of the mummies in the crypt, discovered in the monastery of a lost kingdom, is believed to be that of Archbishop Georgios, probably the most powerful religious leader in the kingdom.
17 December 2013, 11:14 AM ET
Lost for decades, the rediscovered diary of Alfred Rosenberg — a chief Nazi ideologue and one of Adolf Hitler's closest confidants — was turned over to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Tuesday (Dec. 17).
17 December 2013, 09:48 AM ET
The long-missing diary of Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, a close confidant of Adolf Hitler, was discovered in 2013 after a federal investigation. In December 2013, the papers were turned over to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
16 December 2013, 06:01 PM ET
Catherine the Great was Russia's longest-ruling female leader.
16 December 2013, 03:02 PM ET
The discovery of a 1.4-million-year-old hand-bone fossil reveals that the modern human ability to make and use complex tools may have originated far earlier than scientists previously thought, researchers say.
16 December 2013, 03:00 PM ET
A remote Polynesian island apparently invented a mixed binary numeral system centuries before mathematician Leibniz, in order to facilitate quick mental math to distribute goods in their trading system.
16 December 2013, 03:00 PM ET
Are modern humans the only species that has ever created graves, tombs and cemeteries? New research suggests the answer is no: Neanderthals also may have intentionally buried their dead.
16 December 2013, 03:00 PM ET
Early human cousins, the Neanderthals, may have intentionally buried their dead, a new excavation suggests. Neanderthals might have had the mental capacity to conduct symbolic behaviors, such as creating graves.
10 December 2013, 09:37 PM ET
Ouija boards are supposedly used to communicate with the dead. But do they really work?
10 December 2013, 04:29 PM ET
Diatoms, a type of algae, are an excellent way to measure climate change because of how they respond to the climate and how lake ecosystems might be affected by those changes.
10 December 2013, 09:12 AM ET
The 8,000 life-sized warriors buried alongside the first emperor of China may have resulted from contact between Greece and China, suggests translated ancient records that tell a fantastic tale of 12 giant statues appearing in the far west.
10 December 2013, 07:39 AM ET
About 8,000 Terracotta Warriors, which are life-size statues of infantryman, cavalry, archers, charioteers and generals, were buried in three pits less than a mile to the northeast of the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor.
08 December 2013, 11:38 AM ET
The private estate belonged to a wealthy family who also had an ornamental fountain made of mosaic in their garden. This is the first time that a fountain has been discovered outside the known, more affluent quarters of Old Ramla.
06 December 2013, 07:34 AM ET
Powerful leaders have the ability to shape history, and a select few have the distinction of truly changing the world. Here are five influential leaders who transformed the world.
05 December 2013, 05:19 PM ET
Nelson Mandela will be remembered as a beloved leader, moral authority and extraordinary human being. His passing at the age of 95, announced today (Dec. 5) brings both sadness and admiration for his singular achievements in the struggle for racial equali