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Ancient Siberian DNA upends our understanding of Native American migration

Native Americans journeyed back to North Asia from North America, study finds

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Soyuz rescue plan and more: Understand the world through 8 images

No mercy

Bog body deaths reveal a gruesome trend throughout history

But many deaths remain shrouded in mystery.

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Viking DNA study finds they were more genetically diverse than modern Scandinavians

The Viking Age brought surprising genetic diversity to northern Europe, but it didn’t last.

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NASA Perseverance Mars depot and more: Understand the world through 7 images

Movie Myths

Wonder Woman’s fantastical Amazons are based on these real-life warriors

Themiscyra is pure fiction, but its inhabitants are closer to reality.

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DNA study reveals how a mysterious, extinct human shaped our immune systems

Denisovan DNA likely helped modern humans adapt to their environments and fight infections.

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Orion's return powered flyby and more: Understand the world through 8 images

The Artemis I mission approaches its final step.

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Analysis of 3,000-year-old shipwreck reveals international Bronze Age trade route

The Uluburun shipwreck opens a window to the ancient world.

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A 2000-year-old artifact rewrites what we know about one of Europe’s most mysterious languages

Historians previously believed the Basque people had no written language until the Romans invaded. Surprise!

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Artemis I lifts off and more: Understand the world through 8 images

NASA’s Moon-bound mega-rocket finally leaves the launchpad.

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Artemis targets November launch and more: Understand the world through 8 images

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Webb captures Pillars of Creation and more: Understand the world through 8 images

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NASA reveals DART success and more: Understand the world through 7 images

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Look: Underwater Mayan ruins reveal secrets of an ancient salt trade

A hot commodity for an expanding empire.

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Ancient humans forged hybrid species at critical periods in our evolution

Ancient human species met and mated. Here’s why that matters.