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11,000-year-old mine in underwater cave surprises archaeologists

The ancient site, preserved like a time capsule deep in a Mexican cave system, gives a rare glimpse into the lives and actions of some of the first residents of the Americas.

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These worm-like amphibians may have venomous saliva

Venom is nearly unheard of in amphibians, making the mostly blind, legless creatures called caecilians extremely unusual.

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How scientists know COVID-19 is way deadlier than the flu

After months of study, scientists have better clarity on the coronavirus's lethal potential—which makes recent case surges all the more alarming.

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Toppling statues is a first step toward ending Confederate myths

The statues rewrote history, reflecting the values of those who erected them. Removing them won’t erase history.

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America declared independence on July 2—so why is the 4th a holiday?

The colonies had already voted for freedom from British rule, but debates over slavery held up the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

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‘We are living in a different world’: Scenes from a drive across America

On a 2,500-mile road trip, I saw a nation grappling with a pandemic and social change.

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Migrant teens need school. Around the world, they face pressure not to go.

Even before the pandemic, family obligations, organized crime, and a basic need for survival kept them away.

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Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a COVID-19 vaccine—but the ecosystem may suffer.

Conservationists worry the animals, which are vital food sources for many species along the U.S. East Coast, will decline in number.

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Sparrows are singing a new song, in a rapid, unprecedented shift

White-throated sparrows across Canada are abandoning an old song in exchange for a trendy new tune. The reason remains a mystery.

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Ahoy! It's the real pirates of the Caribbean—and the Carolinas

Privateers, buccaneers, and scurvy sea dogs prowled the Caribbean and the Atlantic in search of booty as the 'Golden Age of Piracy' dawned.

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