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Tree Rings Solve Mystery of World Trade Center Ship

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:25:00 -0400

New report finds that tree rings in the waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built around 1773, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia.

Long-Lost Anchor May Soon Be Identified

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0400

After decades, possibly centuries, at the bottom of the sea, a barnacle-crusted anchor arrived in Texas for a major cleaning.

Explainer: How Much Power Does the United Nations Really Have?

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:14:10 -0400

The United Nations has no shortage of, well, nations in its membership, and it's well known for cranking out a sternly worded resolution from time to time, but what can it really DO?

Tonga May Have Been a Vast Seafaring Empire

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:40:00 -0400

The seafaring empire of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean once spanned more than a thousand miles, serving as the hub through which distant settlements exchanged artifacts and ideas, researchers say.


Explainer: 3 Lesser Known, Active Terrorist Groups

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:43:01 -0400

We've all heard about the atrocities committed by groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, but other terror groups are in operation that may not be so well known to the general public.

Carving Defaced by King Tut's Possible Father Found

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0400

The carving dates back more than 3,300 years and bears the scars of a religious revolution that upended the ancient civilization.

What Do People of a Region Need in Order to Secede?

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:40:17 -0400

Secession seems to be in the air, in places as disparate as Iraq, Ukraine, and Scotland. Why can't people just secede whenever they want?

400-Year-Old Crucifix Found by Canadian Student

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:34:00 -0400

A tiny crucifix found during the excavation of a 17th century colony on Newfoundland symbolizes early religious freedom in North America. Continue reading →

Who Are the Kurds?

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:20:54 -0400

Spread across several countries in the Middle East, the Kurdish people tend to be left out of the news, which is dominated by the violence surrounding them. Tara looks at their history, and their prospects today for independence.

Are Voter ID Laws a Good Idea?

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:00:03 -0400

We need photo ID for all kinds of things -- flying, driving, buying alcohol, performing banking transactions. Why not for voting?

Why Are Israelis and Palestinians at Odds?

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:45:32 -0400

With Israel and the Palestinians on the brink of war, Tara Long examines the age-old conflict between the two. What are they fighting about?

DNews: How Did They Build the Pyramids? With Water!

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:44:58 -0400

Powerful things can often derive from simple principles, and this one's a doozy. It turns out the Egyptian pyramid builders were able to move the massive stones by greasing the sleds -- with water!

Does the Government Legally Recognize Religions?

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:44:08 -0400

Tara takes a look at what our government's founding documents say about religion, and what Congress can or can't do with respect to it. Translation: Time to delve into the Establishment clause of the First Amendment.

Who Are the U.S. Military Advisors in Iraq?

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:40:37 -0400

With the terror group ISIS making a bid to overrun Iraq, the U.S. is sending 300 "military advisors" into the country. What's their job and who are they?

What is ISIS?

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:23:48 -0400

No doubt you're hearing the term "ISIS" all over the news each day. While clearly it's a terrorist organization, things get more complicated, and frightening, once you know more about them better. Tara has the details on ISIS in this DNews Explainer.

What Is Jihad?

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:22:36 -0400

While the term "Jihad" in contemporary culture is often used within the context of terrorism, the word, to non-militant Muslims, means something vastly different. Tara explains.

Ancient Priest's Tomb Painting Found Near Great Pyramid

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0400

A wall painting, dating back over 4,300 years, has been discovered in a tomb located just east of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Medieval Italian Skeleton Reveals Livestock Disease

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:55:00 -0400

A sip of unpasteurized sheep or goat's milk may have spelled doom for a medieval Italian man.

Ancient Coins Found Buried in British Cave

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0400

Digging through a cave in central Britain, archaeologists uncovered 26 ancient gold and silver coins belonging to the Corieltauvi tribe.

Exploration Begins on 'Cursed' 1564 Shipwreck

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:50:00 -0400

The ship sank during a bloody battle against a fleet from Denmark and the German city of Lübeck.