History Archive
30 October 2014, 07:49 AM ET
Huge stone circles called Big Circles that dot some parts of the Mideast have been imaged from above, revealing details of the long-mysterious structures. They are at least 2,000 years old, though archaeologists don't know why they were built.
30 October 2014, 07:43 AM ET
Huge stone circles discovered by air in the Middle East have been imaged with high resolution, revealing their age and other intriguing details. Here's a look at the "Big Circles," which have puzzled scientists for decades.
29 October 2014, 06:04 PM ET
The hunt for Amelia Earhart's lost plane will continue next summer. A team will investigate an underwater "anomaly" detected off the coast of the tiny Pacific atoll Nikumaroro. The group thinks it could be the wreckage of Earhart's aircraft.
29 October 2014, 11:11 AM ET
When Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin developed vaccines for polio, they stopped a brutal disease in its tracks.
28 October 2014, 07:08 PM ET
Ebola may be the most feared disease right now, but for most of the 20th century, outbreaks of another disease left thousands of people paralyzed or confined to breathing machines: polio.
28 October 2014, 12:47 PM ET
A British warship that sunk off the coast of England in 1744 may soon be mined for archaeological artifacts.
28 October 2014, 11:11 AM ET
Prehistoric man may have been inspired to decorate caves and rock walls by echoes and reverberations -- auditory illusions that would have been seen as supernatural.
28 October 2014, 09:07 AM ET
A British warship that sank off the coast of England in 1744 may soon be mined for archaeological artifacts.
28 October 2014, 08:03 AM ET
Live Science looks at some of the most haunted ships throughout history, from phantom ships that appear as eerie apparitions to real-life abandoned wrecks to those craft that disappeared mysteriously with no survivors.
27 October 2014, 10:30 AM ET
A new chemical analysis of the skeletons unearthed at a gladiator burial site reveals that the Roman fighters drank an ash-laden sports drink.
27 October 2014, 10:23 AM ET
Gladiators may have consumed a drink made from vinegar and ash, a new analysis of fossil skeletons finds.
27 October 2014, 06:27 AM ET
Long thought to show a random assortment of animals, an ancient two-handled wine cup may actually show one of the earliest depictions of Greek constellations.
24 October 2014, 04:10 PM ET
The fictional Dracula was loosely based on a real person with an equally disturbing taste for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or — as he is better known — Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes).
24 October 2014, 08:56 AM ET
The 750-year-old city, along with the remains of Christian temples, were part of the Golden Horde kingdom that built by Genghis Khan's grandson and controlled many of the Silk Road trade routes that connected China to Medieval Europe.
24 October 2014, 08:01 AM ET
Archaeologists have uncovered part of an ancient city founded by the heirs of Genghis Khan. Here's a look at the remains and artifacts found at the site along the Volga River in Russia.
23 October 2014, 03:34 PM ET
When snow and ice thawed during the Antarctic summer last year, a lost notebook was revealed near the century-old base camp that British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott established at Cape Evans.
23 October 2014, 02:00 PM ET
An ancient rock shelter nestled high in the Peruvian Andes reveals that humans have been living at extreme heights thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
23 October 2014, 02:00 PM ET
An ancient rock shelter nestled high in the Peruvian Andes reveals that humans have been living at extreme heights thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
23 October 2014, 12:56 PM ET
Hidden in ice for more than 100 years, the photography notebook of a British explorer on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica has been found.
23 October 2014, 11:39 AM ET
The rare Apple-1 computer, which is now the most expensive Apple computer ever sold, was built by Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs' garage in the summer of 1976. The computer still has its original keyboard, power supply and monitor.
22 October 2014, 08:22 PM ET
Halloween has its roots in a pagan harvest festival, while different traditions were added on throughout the years.
22 October 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The DNA from a 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say. The man was born thousands of years after such interspecies mating occurred.
22 October 2014, 08:08 AM ET
Archaeologists discovered the missing head of one of the marble sphinxes in a huge Macedonian tomb under excavation in Amphipolis, Greece.
22 October 2014, 07:59 AM ET
The two WW II vessels sunk within moments of each other in 1942 and now rest side-by-side on the seafloor off the coast of North Carolina. The discovery drives home how close the war came to American shores.
22 October 2014, 07:58 AM ET
A merchant freighter called Bluefields and the German U-boat U-576, both of which went down on July 15, 1942 during World War II, were discovered on floor of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina
21 October 2014, 03:40 PM ET
A piece of limestone commemorating the Roman emperor Hadrian has been discovered in Jerusalem. It's possible that the engraving will offer clues about life in Jerusalem at the time of its carving in 129-130.
21 October 2014, 01:48 PM ET
A newly uncovered large slab of limestone with an official commemoration to the Roman Emperor Hadrian may help researchers understand the events that led to the Bar Kokhba revolt in the early second century, experts said.
21 October 2014, 11:32 AM ET
The DNA from 13 ancient humans reveals the evolution of lighter skin and lactose tolerance. The skeletons were found in archaeological burial sites unearthed during highway construction in the Great Hungarian Plain in Central Europe.
21 October 2014, 07:42 AM ET
The Wellcome Library will digitize records from British asylums from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including not only case reports but also the paintings and poetry of psychiatric patients.
21 October 2014, 07:42 AM ET
Several ancient Egyptian pharaohs, such as Ramesses the Great and King Tut, didn't have a painful inflammatory disorder called ankylosing spondylitis as scientists had thought. But they did have mild back disorder linked to old age.
20 October 2014, 08:23 AM ET
The temple, which was built before the invention of writing, held humanlike figurines, sacrificed animal remains and possible altars. It was part of a sprawling settlement in the Ukraine, archaeologists found using geomagnetic surveys.
20 October 2014, 07:39 AM ET
Inside the temple, archaeologists found humanlike figurines, sacrificed animal remains and potter fragments. Check out these photos of the prehistoric finding.