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Ancient Egyptian School's Walls Bear Greek Texts, Graffiti, & Reference To Drugs (PHOTOS)

(9) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Researchers examining an ancient village in Egypt's western desert have discovered a 1,700-year-old school with walls covered in Greek texts that include a passage about drugs from The Odyssey.

Located in the ancient town of Trimithis (now called Amheida), the school was discovered by an exploration...

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Bob Jones University Halts Sexual Assault Investigation Weeks Before Results Released

(7) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Fundamentalist Christian bastion Bob Jones University has sparked controversy after summarily dismissing a consultant group investigating the way the school handled sexual assault accusations.

In 2012, the Greenville, S.C., school hired Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) to investigate how the university responded...

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'Charlemagne's Bones' Are Likely Authentic, Scientists Say (PHOTOS)

(18) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Dem bones, dem bones, dem Charlemagne's bones?

After 1,200 years, researchers have confirmed that a collection of bones, long interred in Germany, are those of eighth-century ruler Charlemagne.

Also known as Charles I or Charles the Great, Charlemagne controlled a wide swath of Western Europe between...

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Nazi Scientists May Have Tried To Use Mosquitoes As Weapons

(98) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Mosquitoes as weapons? It was nearly a real-life threat during World War II, new research suggests.

Researchers now say that Nazi scientists were plotting to weaponize mosquitoes. The plan, which appears never to have been implemented, called for airplanes to release mosquitoes infected with malaria over enemy forces....

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Mom Rowena Darby Writes A Lifetime Of Cards For The Son She Won't See Grow Up (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Rowena Darby may only have a short time left to live, but that hasn't stopped her from creating a lifetime of cards and letters for her son to read as he grows up.

The 33-year-old mother from Bolton, Greater Manchester in England, was first diagnosed with bowel...

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Titanic Mystery Solved? DNA Tests Disprove Shocking Claim By 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

(33) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Everyone who survived the 1912 sinking of the Titanic is dead, and now one of the tragedy's oldest mysteries has been laid to rest: DNA tests confirm that the sensational claim by a woman who said she survived the sinking was all wet.

The bizarre saga...

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Match Head Igniting In Super Slow Motion Is Absolutely Amazing (VIDEO)

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:41 PM

A dying alien world? A bubbling, blue orb? A terrible new disease?

This fun new video posted by UltraSlo Studios could be of a lot of bizarre things. But in fact, the video shows a close-up view of a match head igniting in super slow motion.

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'Haunted' Maya Sinkhole Is Littered With Human Bones, Explorers Say (VIDEO)

(18) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 12:48 PM

For years, villagers who lived near the Sac Uayum sinkhole in Mexico's Yucatán peninsula refused to go near it, calling the underwater cave haunted. Turns out, they had good reason to be scared.

Explorers from National Geographic sent to probe the natural well found a creepy surprise beneath...

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Gladiators In London? Decapitated Skulls Spotlight Brutal Ways Of Ancient Romans

(65) Comments | Posted January 18, 2014 | 11:01 AM

After 25 years, the mystery behind dozens of mutilated skulls unearthed in London may have been solved -- and the solution isn't very pretty.

Archaeologists now say the 39 skulls are probably all that's left of young men beheaded by Roman soldiers or felled by their opponents...

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You'll Never Guess What's Hiding Beneath A West Antarctica Ice Sheet (VIDEO)

(441) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Think the Grand Canyon is big? British scientists working in West Antarctica have discovered a subglacial trench that's deeper than Arizona's famed canyon. Whoa.

The scientists found the colossal trough while charting the Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands, an ancient subglacial mountain range in the area, and detailed...

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Was Alexander The Great Poisoned By Toxic Wine?

(212) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 8:07 PM

Could wine containing a potentially lethal dose of a white flowering plant have caused the death of one of the world's most fearless leaders?

Researchers have long pondered over the unexplained death of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian military leader who conquered a vast swathe of territory...

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King Sobekhotep I's Tomb Identified In Egypt (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 12:54 PM

The impressive tomb of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh has been identified at the Abydos archaeological site near Sohag, Egypt.

State Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim announced the identification of King Sobekhotep I's tomb on Jan. 6, according to a government press release.

A team of researchers from...

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Sacred 'Biblical Blue' Dye Found In Ancient Scrap Of Cloth? (PHOTO)

(50) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:11 AM

Does this piece of fabric contain the sacred "Biblical blue" dye?

A researcher in Israel says she has discovered evidence of a sacred blue dye called tekhelet that was used in ancient times to color the tzitzit, or tassles, of a Jewish man's traditional garment.

The elusive...

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Stonehenge Man's New Face Is Handsome, Hairy (VIDEO)

(60) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Now that's one handsome fellow!

Scientists have reconstructed the face of a prehistoric man believed to have lived near the site of Stonehenge about 500 years before the iconic monument was completed.

The likeness of "Stonehenge Man," as well as a detailed back story pieced together through forensic...

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Womp! This Country Was Named The Greatest Threat To World Peace

(614) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 1:39 PM

There's really no way to sugarcoat it: The rest of world believes that the United States is the country that poses the greatest threat to world peace, beating out all challengers by a wide margin.

This is the conclusion of a massive world opinion poll conducted by Win/Gallup...

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Signs Of Cranial Surgery Seen In Peruvian Skulls Dating Back 1,000 Years (PHOTOS)

(150) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 6:07 PM

Feeling a little off your game today? How about a nice hole in your skull?

University of California researchers have found compelling new evidence that ancient Peruvian healers practiced a primitive form of cranial surgery more than 1,000 years ago. Known as trepanning or trepanation, the...

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Chinese Doctor Kidnapped, Sold Babies; Could Face Death Penalty

(65) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:43 PM

A Chinese doctor told officials on Monday that she is guilty of kidnapping seven infants and selling them to human traffickers for personal financial gain.

In front of a courtroom in Shaanxi province, former obstetrician Zhang Shuxia admitted to illegally obtaining and selling the babies, reports the BBC.

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PETA Asks Teenage Bear Mauling Victim Camille Bomboy To Stop Hunting (VIDEO)

(219) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:42 PM

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has come under fire this week after the animal-rights group sent a letter to the teenage victim of a bear mauling, suggesting that she stop hunting.

Camille Bomboy, 18, was attacked by a mother bear while hunting deer on...

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Mummies, Mysterious Inscriptions Found In Crypt Of Ruined Christian Kingdom

(17) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Did someone call for the crypt keeper?

In an ongoing Polish-led expedition in the Nile Valley region of Sudan, archaeologists excavating a 900-year-old medieval crypt discovered seven mummies and walls covered in inscriptions.


Excavations at a monastery that...

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