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If early medieval rulers consumed copious amounts of meat on a regular basis, that would likely be reflected in their remains.

Piggly Wiggly's founding is one of the stranger stories in the history of retail.

Horses have shaped human history over millennia, just as humans have influenced their evolution.

Lovebirds only have two legs, but they use their beaks as a propulsive third limb when climbing.

Roughly 750,000 people died in the Civil War, or 2.5 percent of the country’s population at the time—the equivalent of seven million Americans dying today.

The 19th-century ship the Wanderer was an opulent pleasure yacht with a sinister underside.

These are your questions, answered by our @smithsonian  experts!

Van Gogh made the trees the subject of 15 paintings, several of which are on view next month @artsmia .

When it comes to the repatriation of art and artifacts to their home countries, one ethical dilemma rules them all.

Bear hibernation offers important insights into the workings of large mammals.

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‘Lennon Walls’ have spread throughout Hong Kong and the world as a form of public protest and free expression.

A new discovery from the University of Florida reveals a real-life planet actually clocking in at coordinates eerily reminiscent of the fictional M-Class planet.

Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, as the island is called, may have been eroded by wind and ice floes.

The poetry of Langston Hughes, born on this day in 1902, influenced King’s sermons on a fundamental level and helped give rise to the preacher's most lasting line.

Since 1981, the monarch butterfly’s numbers have declined 97 percent according to a new survey.

Pilot, thinker, soldier, spy: the epic @NBCTimeless  season finale twofer.

Welcome to 2019! Now, all works first published in the United States in 1923 are part of the public domain.

One climate crisis disaster occurs every week, U.N. official warns.

Your periodic table posters are now obsolete as four new elements are added.

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