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A new analysis reveals links between more than 5,000 natural disasters and 1,000 armed conflicts in China’s history.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Artifacts suggest that an extinct human species left Africa about 250,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

When the bison were exterminated from North America, indigenous populations lost an inch of height in just a generation.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

An exceptionally strong El Niño may have caused 1876-1878 famine that killed tens of millions.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Using science to read the future and find out if, how and when the end is near.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Are humans designed to believe? Or is it an unintended by-product of our ballooning brains?

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

Nobel laureate Jeffrey Halls wear a distinctive Civil War era hat.

The distinctive head toppers of medicine prize winner Jeffrey Hall are a testament to his keen interest in the Civil War.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

The same salty seawater spray that strengthened ancient Roman piers millennia ago makes modern coastal concrete constructions crumble -- here’s why.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Canadians are changing how they say words -- and so are many Americans.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

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