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Vintage styles cycle in and out of favor among medal-winning racers
August 08, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
With a watercolor sketchbook guide, Adolf Konrad drew on his talents to record his belongings
August 01, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Johnson liked his Haggar slacks slack—and colorfully described a special custom-cut
July 30, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Underneath a massive rock slab which rests on dozens of narrow stilts researchers have found the world's oldest stone axe, and a vast collection of painted artwork.
July 30, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Important Native American artifact seen in Smithsonian portrait fetches $877,500 at Nevada auction
July 25, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Roughly 40,000 years ago, the Neanderthals that lived in the Mediterranean disappeared. Whether they simply up and left, or died off, is anybody’s guess. They were still a common sight in western Europe for another 10,000 years, so outright extinction is off the table. In trying to understand what lead to the Neanderthal’s decline, archaeologists [...]
July 24, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Victoria has been keeping secrets for a long, long time. Hidden away in an Austrian castle archaeologists uncovered four 600-year old linen bras, a find that shouldn't have been.
July 19, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
In a new book, University of San Diego professor Frank Partnoy argues that the key to success is waiting for the last possible moment to make a decision
July 13, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Two 3,000 year old bodies discovered in a Scottish bog turned out not to be two bodies at all. The ancient skeletons are stitched together from the remains of six individuals.
July 10, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Archaeologists working in northern Germany may have found one of the most important cities in Viking history—Sliasthorp, where once sat the first Scandanavian kings.
July 06, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
In a new study, evolutionary biologist Sergey Gavrilets makes a fascinating claim for how monogamy took root several million years ago
July 06, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Layered, corseted summer garments kept women proper and fashionable, if not cool
July 03, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
The famed author and advocate for people with autism looks at the differences in how the human mind operates
July 2012 | By Temple Grandin
Forget about senior moments. The great news is that researchers are discovering some surprising advantages of aging
July 2012 | By Helen Fields
The world's oldest purse features a decoration that doesn't look so different from modern beading. It's just way more gruesome.
June 29, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
In the latest chapter of the series, we look at how bathing suits came to be an integral part of the Miss America competition
June 28, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
The vast network of roads built by the Romans spanned from England to India and is considered one of the main drivers of the expansive reach of the Empire. Eighteen hundred years later, Greek workers digging a new subway line in the city of Thessaloniki have stumbled across a 230-foot long stretch of a Roman marble [...]
June 27, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Archaeologists are finding signs of surprisingly sophisticated behavior in the ancient fossil record
June 26, 2012 | By Erin Wayman
Besides how to be a good neighbor, Mr. Rogers taught us other lessons, especially about the impact of a comforting change of clothes
June 25, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Bikinis may have been illegal in 1900, but they were all the rage in ancient Rome
June 22, 2012 | By Emily Spivack