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How an angry encounter with a total stranger helped to identify the cause of Legionnaires’ disease.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

An experiment half a century ago created an industry that specializes in freezing the dead. Many scientists think the chance of reviving them is slim.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Reanalyzed foot and handprints may date to thousands of years before many thought the roof of the world was settled.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Pioneering astronomer who discovered observational evidence of the existence of mysterious dark matter in the universe dies at 88.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Purple, Magic failed to give enough warning.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Efforts could help reproduce frankincense before natural sources disappear.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

In the 1940s there were 5,000 scholars from China -- some stayed in the U.S. and some went back to China after 1949

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Interpreting clues from 500-year-old book required math developed long after initial publication.

Andrew Silver, Contributor

Scientists try to uncover the brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

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