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Babylonian clay model showing a nude couple on a couch engaged in sex and kissing.

First Kiss: Smooching Began 1,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

Leave it to a couple of doctoral candidates on...
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Alpinists Snag Tenuous First Winter Ascent of ‘Scream of the Butterfly’

Purchase was desperate and margins were razor-thin for three...
a strange bright red lobster

Hidden Undersea Mountains off Chile Hold 100+ New Species

Many have pointed out that we know less about...
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‘Odysseus’ Becomes First Privately Built Spacecraft to Land on Moon

Just days after a SpaceX rocket blasted off toward...
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Wild, Touching — and Even Funny: Best Underwater Photographs of 2024

Marine photographers from all over the planet submitted to...
NASA crew for simulated Mars project

Job Offer: Be a Martian Guinea Pig for NASA

It’s not quite interstellar travel, but it would be...
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Poison Dart Frogs’ Fancy Footwork Helps Drum up Dinner

If you thought toe-tapping was out of style except...
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1,300Km ‘White Ribbon’ Skier Passes Halfway Point in Sweden

One American skier is well on his way to...
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Violence, Disease Killed Almost Everyone in Denmark — Twice

Late neolithic Denmark was a tough place to live...

Amateurs Paleontologists Strike Jackpot: 400 Rare Ordovician Fossils

The Ordovician world was a watery one in which...
Iranian commander at podium

Iran Claims Property Rights in Antarctica, Boasts Military Plans

In a televised broadcast last fall, Iran’s naval commander...
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Controversy Persists in Troubled Tomb of Alexander the Great’s Father

One tomb containing a who’s who of fourth-century Macedonian...
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Underwater Stone-Age Wall Once Trapped Reindeer

For Holocene hunters in Germany, reindeer were a big...
blackened, frostbitten toes

First-Ever Drug for Severe Frostbite Wins FDA Approval

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced...
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Rare, Tiny Meteorite Lights Up Europe, Promises Keys to Earth’s Origin

An extraordinary meteorite exploded in the sky over Germany...
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Woman Becomes First Ever to Solo Hike 10,900km American Discovery Trail

Hey, Briana DeSanctis’ PR team: update your hiker’s Instagram...
a wooden tablet inscribed with a glyphic language

Mysterious Easter Island Glyphs Suggest a One-of-a-Kind Language

If you thought the rongorongo language was younger than...
brown bear portrait

Italian Brown Bear Killed, Messner Supports Controversial Action

Conflict between humans and bears in Trentino, Italy was...
A burnt Herculaneum scroll.

Scroll Buried By Vesuvius Finally Deciphered

Three student researchers have won three-quarters of a million...
The wreck in Newfoundland

Nineteenth Century Wreck Suddenly Appears in Newfoundland

Centuries-old shipwrecks don't tend to suddenly appear, if anything...
sonar image of what could be a plane

Sonar Image Could Be Amelia Earhart’s Missing Plane

A company specializing in underwater exploration believes they may...
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Brits Claim Record Treasure Trove with 50,000+ Finds in a Year

It was a good year to be a treasure...
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So a 2,500kg Raindrop Hits You. What Then?

Imagine a raindrop big enough to fill a large...
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Lichen Survives on Outside of International Space Station

To ask if you could live outside the International...

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