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Shifts in climate in the Middle Ages likely drove plague bacteria from gerbils in Asia to people in Europe, research now suggests. Rats don't deserve all the blame.
Months after Buzzfeed writer Matt Stopera's phone was stolen, new pictures from China started uploading to his photo stream.
Michael Kitchen stars as Foyle, a widowed police superintendent in the coast...
The British series is set during and after World War II. Detective Foyle tackles crimes connected to the war — murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."
Philip Connors' first book Fire Season was about how he spent a few months e...
In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by "what ifs," Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.
A truck drives on top of a levee that protects a soybean field in New Madrid...
A levee project would cordon off lucrative farmland along the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri. But small towns in Illinois say that puts them at risk of flooding while protecting rich farmers.
Botanists say this plant is the fern equivalent of a human-lemur love child....
Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.