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Century-Old Notebook from Antarctic Expedition Found

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0400

The photography notebook of a British explorer on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica has been found.

Explainer: The Kurdish Women Fighting ISIS

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:25:50 -0400

An all-female army from Syria is fighting the Islamic State -- and succeeding! It's killed more than 100 ISIS members and continues to be one of the few volunteer militias on the frontlines of the conflict. Who are these brave women?

Mysterious 4,000-Year-Old 'CD-ROM' Code Cracked

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:20:00 -0400

Scholar says he's figured out a portion of the code on the ancient 'Phaistos disk.'

Explainer: Roots of the Conflict Between Serbia and Albania

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:44 -0400

Fighting broke out recently at a soccer match between Serbia and Albania, after the game was interrupted by the appearance of an Albanian flag on the field. What's behind the long-running animosity that the two nations harbor for each other?

K-9 Nabs Latest White House Jumper

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:40:00 -0400

White House security tightens after a breach. Let's take a look at some notable security moments in the history of the president's home office.

Ancient Human Skulls Shed Light on Dairy Use

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:05:00 -0400

The research unexpectedly revealed that ancient Europeans started dairying thousands of years before they evolved genes to make the most of it.

Explainer: How the Law Regards Cyberbullying

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:40:00 -0400

With GamerGate all over the web, and 20 U.S. states with cyberbullying legislation on their books, is it getting tougher to be an Internet troll? And is it a slippery slope to try to legislate online speech? Trace tackles these thorny issues.

Sphinx Head Found in Mysterious Greek Tomb

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:50:00 -0400

The head is the face of a beautiful woman, smiling slightly. But why was the head of the sphinx found inside the tomb's chamber? Continue reading →

Explainer: Where Is It Legal to End Your Own Life?

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:20:50 -0400

In some parts of the world, it is legal for people to voluntarily end their lives with help of their doctors. It is so common in one country, in fact, they even have a booming business in suicide tourism.

6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Found

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0400

A 6,000-year-old temple holding human-like figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered in Ukraine..

King Tut Re-Creation Presents a Shocking Image

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:20:00 -0400

Incest left the young pharaoh with a club foot, feminine hips and a large overbite.

Explainer: Remains of U.S. Soldiers Still in North Korea

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:30:42 -0400

There are thousands of American soldiers' bodies still interred in North Korea -- more than 50 years after the Korean War. Trace explains why they have not been recovered by the military, and whether anything can be done to bring them back home.

Best-Ever Portrait of Alexander the Great Found?

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:23:00 -0400

The recently uncovered mosaic in a mysterious Greek tomb may be the clearest depiction of the famous ruler as a young man.

Explainer: How Powerful Is India?

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:04:58 -0400

With the second-highest population in the world, a growing economy and nukes on site, how big of a global power is India becoming?

Giant Sphinx from 'Ten Commandments' Film Unearthed

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0400

Hidden for more than 90 years beneath rolling sand dunes, an enormous, plaster sphinx from the 1923 movie The Ten Commandments has been rediscovered.

Mysterious Slab in Russia May Be a Sundial

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0400

A strange chunk of rock discovered in Russia more than 20 years ago appears to be a combination sundial and moondial from the Bronze Age.

Explainer: How Much Power Do Off-Duty Police Officers Have?

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:25:08 -0400

How do off-duty officers differ from those on the clock? Which things are they allowed to do, or not do? Tara explains.

Greek Tomb Mural Depicts Abduction of Persephone

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:43:00 -0400

A mural on the floor of a mysterious tomb in Greece reveals the character of Persephone, the daughter of Zeuis and Demeter in Greek mythology. Continue reading →

Explainer: Where Are Syria's Refugees Going?

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:10:01 -0400

More than 9 million Syrians have fled their homes amid the fighting in their war-torn country. More and more are heading for neighboring countries, many of which don't have the resources to support them.

Largest Pottery Workshop of Greek Antiquity Found

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400

The largest kiln is 17 feet in diameter, making it the biggest kiln ever found in a Greek city. Continue reading →