History Archive
21 November 2014, 03:56 PM ET
A letter penned by Albert Einstein during World War II was recently auctioned off in Los Angeles.
20 November 2014, 12:26 PM ET
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.
20 November 2014, 07:37 AM ET
Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells.
17 November 2014, 05:24 PM ET
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.
13 November 2014, 07:10 AM ET
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.
13 November 2014, 07:08 AM ET
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.
12 November 2014, 12:10 PM ET
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.
11 November 2014, 05:07 PM ET
"Project Recover" uses underwater robots to scour the ocean in search of lost World War II veterans.
11 November 2014, 04:41 PM ET
Project Recover using autonomous robots to map areas where World War II planes likely crashed in the Pacific Ocean.
11 November 2014, 04:04 PM ET
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.
11 November 2014, 06:59 AM ET
A tomb dating to 1,000 years ago has been found near a modern railway station in China. The tomb is decorated with stars, vivid murals, and poetry. But what happened to the tomb's occupant?
11 November 2014, 06:57 AM ET
A 1,000-year-old tomb covered with murals has been discovered in Datong City, in northern China, archaeologists say.
10 November 2014, 05:10 PM ET
The fragile skeletons of two infants, discovered beneath the cremated remains of a 3-year-old child, may help researchers understand death rituals practiced during the last ice age in North America, a new study finds.
10 November 2014, 03:13 PM ET
Divers have recovered a bronze bell from the wreck of the HMS Erebus, a British ship that was missing for nearly 170 years after an ill-fated expedition to the Canadian Arctic.
10 November 2014, 03:11 PM ET
Underwater archaeologists were the first people in nearly 170 years to lay eyes on HMS Erebus, a British ship that sank during an ill-fated exploration of the Canadian Arctic.
10 November 2014, 11:42 AM ET
During a survey of an Irish castle, archaeologist Antoine Giacometti stuck his hand into a wet washing pit beneath the floor. He didn't expect to find anything in the pit, much less a golden piece of jewelry dating back to the late 1600s.
10 November 2014, 11:40 AM ET
During an excavation of Rathfarnham Castle, a national monument in South Dublin, archaeologists found a horde of 17th century artifacts hidden in a washing pit.
10 November 2014, 06:57 AM ET
Scrawled in Medieval Latin on yellowing parchment, an original copy of the Magna Carta is now on view at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
10 November 2014, 06:56 AM ET
One of just four surviving copies of the Magna Carta is on display at the Library of Congress until Jan. 19, 2015. The 10-week exhibition, "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor," celebrates the document's 800th birthday.
06 November 2014, 12:55 PM ET
Hidden away under frozen ground for nearly 10,000 years, one extremely well-preserved creature is finally ready to give up its secrets.
03 November 2014, 05:32 PM ET
The wreck of a 17th-century Dutch warship has been discovered off the coast of Tobago. Marine archaeologists believe the vessel is possibly Huis de Kreuningen, which was lost during a bloody fight between Dutch and French colonists.
31 October 2014, 10:41 AM ET
From their origins as the oldest domesticated plant to their maximum size, here are some interesting facts about pumpkins
30 October 2014, 09:57 AM ET
A few facts help explain how the real Dracula earned such a nasty reputation.
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).