Artwork depicts the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, which was launched from Earth in June, 2003 carrying the Beagle2 lander. Mars Express continues to function even today.

Found: One Missing Mars Probe, Still Intact

High-res images of Mars' surface identify a long-missing probe and suggests that bad luck—rather than human error—caused the loss

Beavers Once Parachuted into Idaho’s Backcountry

Strange things can happen when you combine WWII military surplus, innovative thinking and a bunch of beavers in need of a new home

Read Through Early Drafts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speeches

One website gives you a peek into the mind of one of America’s most powerful orators

Fish Sperm Might Be the Secret to Recycling Rare Earth Elements

Japanese scientists have uncovered an unlikely source to aid in the extraction and recycling of rare earth metals

World's Loneliest Wolf Is No Longer So Lonely

As conservators work to restore and protect America’s gray wolf population, one wide-ranging male has finally found a pack to call his own

The Doctor Who Introduced the Virtues of Hand Washing Died of an Infection

A sad fate: Ignes Semmelweis, a maternity doctor who fought for hospital sanitation, died of sepsis

James Joyce in 1938.

Save the Voices of Tolkien, Joyce And Tennyson

The British Library is fighting time and budget constraints to save its vast collection of audio recordings

An illustration depicts a bowhead whale and its calf.

Listen to Newly Discovered Bowhead Whale Songs

Bowhead songs have been elusive, but researchers managed to record 12 unique songs using hydrophones

Inside Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2010

A Museum in England Is Hiding a Forgery Among Its Masterpieces

A South London gallery is asking its patrons to identify the fake in order to spark discussion about how and why we appreciate the art

Ancient Dogs Likely Arrived in America Thousands of Years After Humans

New research on dog DNA shows that they migrated to the new world much later than initially thought

Edwin L. Drake's first oil well.

Oil Companies First Built Pipelines in the 1860s; They've Been Contested Ever Since

In the 19th century, reformers were happy to have oil come out of the ground—but they objected to the way oil companies controlled it

Hattie Wyatt Caraway on November 6, 1942.

On This Day in 1932, America Elected Its First Female Senator

This year, a record number of women are serving in Congress; Hattie Wyatt Caraway was the first ever in the Senate

Come for the Giant Rock, Stay for the UFO History

George Van Tassel believed he could communicate with aliens

The soaring choir at Beauvais Cathedral was first constructed in the 1200s.

Europe's Great Gothic Cathedrals Weren't Built Just of Concrete

The designers and builders of Europe's great Gothic cathedrals weren't actually so innovative

Cattle graze on the open range in this shot from ca. 1920-1930.

The 1887 Blizzard That Changed the American Frontier Forever

A blizzard hit the western open range, causing the “Great Die Up” and transforming America’s agricultural history

Doctors, army officers and reporters protect themselves during the 1918 pandemic.

The Flu Has Been Making People Sick for At Least 500 Years

The 1918 flu pandemic gets all the headlines, but the malady is thought to have first appeared in the 16th century—and possibly earlier

European immigrants arrive in America.

Ellis Island Isn’t to Blame for Your Family’s Name Change

A long-standing myth obscures the truth behind the Americanization of some European names

Scientists Can Tell How Old a Star Is by Observing How Fast It Spins

A newly proven method can pinpoint the age of stars with at least 90% accuracy

Henry Ford whispers in Thomas Edison's ear

A Test Tube in Michigan Holds the Air From Thomas Edison's Death Room

Two famous inventors, one glass tube and a museum mystery

A newspaper was the first item found upon opening the capsule.

What Was Found Inside the Oldest American Time Capsule

Historians in Boston have just cracked open a brass box originally buried in 1795 by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams

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