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These Prehistoric Fossilized Trees Unearthed In Canada Are Straight Out Of A Dr. Seuss Book

Researchers recently discovered fossils of a prehistoric tree “unlike any of those that live at the present” in New Brunswick, Canada.

This ancient, alien-like tree was given the name Sanfordiacaulis densifolia in a new study published in the scientific journal Current Biology.

Two co-authors of the study, Olivia King and Matthew Stimson, unearthed the first Sanfordiacaulis densifolia fossil in a New Brunswick quarry in 2017, and in the years since, scientists have discovered four more. One of

The Horrific Murder Of Kim Wall, The Swedish Journalist Dismembered By A Danish Inventor

On August 10, 2017, Kim Wall boarded Peter Madsen's homemade submarine in Copenhagen. Days later, Wall's dismembered torso washed up on shore.

When Swedish journalist Kim Wall boarded Danish inventor Peter Madsen’s submarine on August 10, 2017, she expected to conduct a standard interview. A freelance reporter with bylines in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Atlantic, Wall planned to complete the interview before making a big move to Beijing with her boyfriend Ole Stobbe Nielsen.

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The Rise And Fall Of The Lighthouse Of Alexandria, One Of The Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World

One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Lighthouse of Alexandria towered over the port of Alexandria, Egypt for centuries — but it’s sadly in ruins today.

In Alexandria, Egypt, there once stood the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. At the time of its construction, it was heralded as a triumph of technology, towering more than 300 feet tall on the island of Pharos in the city’s harbor.

Nearly every lighthouse since its inception has used the Lig

Scientists In The Amazon Discover A New Species Of Anaconda — That's The World's Largest Snake

Biologists spotted a northern green anaconda that was 26 feet long and weighed 440 pounds.

The largest snake in the world was recently discovered in the Amazon rainforest by Dutch biologist and TV wildlife presenter Professor Freek Vonk.

Measuring 26 feet long and weighing 440 pounds, the northern green anaconda is truly the stuff of nightmares for those afraid of snakes. What’s more, scientists only just determined that the monstrous anaconda belongs to its own separate species.

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When Were Cameras Invented? The Answer Might Be Earlier Than You Think

From the camera obscura to the first Kodak, photography has come a long way in the past few centuries — but when were cameras invented exactly?

Today, cameras aren’t just commonplace; they’re nearly impossible to avoid. Nearly every person on the street carries in their pocket a smartphone with a camera capable of capturing incredibly high-resolution images in the blink of an eye. Social media has made the presence of photography a daily fixture in the lives of hundreds of millions of people ac

Researchers Uncover A 1940 Shipwreck In Lake Superior — Along With The Mystery Of Its Captain's Death

The S.S. Arlington sank into Lake Superior on May 1, 1940, along with its captain — but it's unclear why the captain went down with his ship.

The remains of a World War II-era merchant ship that sank in Lake Superior along with its captain were recently discovered by a group of shipwreck hunters.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum announced the discovery, attributing the find to shipwreck researcher Dan Fountain, who has been studying remote sensing data in the hunt for sunken vessels in Lake Su

Minnesota Woman Arrested For Crashing Into An Amish Buggy While High On Meth And Killing Two Children

Samantha Petersen was reportedly high on meth when she crashed her SUV into an Amish buggy — then her twin sister attempted to take the fall.

Last fall, a woman in Stewartville, Minnesota, allegedly crashed her vehicle into a horse and buggy, killing two children and injuring two others. She then tried to trick authorities into believing it had been her twin sister behind the wheel, according to court documents.

Samantha Petersen, 35, was charged with 21 counts, including criminal vehicular ho

Who Was Bugs Moran, The Infamous Mobster Whose Gang Was Targeted In The St. Valentine's Day Massacre?

It's believed that Bugs Moran was the intended target of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre — and that he only survived because he was running late to a meeting.

Al Capone may be the first name that comes to mind when talking about Prohibition-era Chicago, but he was far from the only gangster operating at the time. While other gangsters were waging wars in New York, Capone seemed to have Chicago mostly under his control — except for the North Side, which was largely controlled by a gang led by C

Inside The Forced Suicide Of Socrates, Who Was Sentenced To Die By Drinking Poison

Despite his spirited defense against charges of impiety and corrupting the youth, Socrates was sentenced to death by poisoning in 399 B.C.E. by a jury of his Athenian peers.

Socrates was one of ancient Greece’s most influential philosophers. With his interrogative nature, he stands alongside Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus as one of the great minds of the ancient world.

But in his time, Socrates was also a controversial figure. Though he had many followers — despite never putting his thoughts d

Greenland Is Losing So Much Ice That The Entire Island Is Getting Taller

Greenland is losing ice at a rate 20 percent faster than previously estimated.

Greenland’s glaciers are melting at a much faster rate than expected — and as a result, the island itself is growing.

According to two recent studies — one published in Nature, the other in Geophysical Research Letters — Greenland is gradually gaining height as melting glaciers relieve pressure on the island’s bedrock, allowing it to rise.

This process has been going on slowly since the end of the last ice age, rou

The Fascinating History Of Kokopelli, The Fertility God Of Southwestern Native American Lore

A fun-loving fertility deity honored in multiple Southwestern Native American tribes, Kokopelli's image has recently been commodified to sell shirts, outdoor gear, and beer.

Among some Native American cultures in the southwestern United States, there are stories of a deity known as Kokopelli.

A kachina, or spirit, Kokopelli is said to preside over fertility and agriculture, his flute tunes chasing the winter away and welcoming in the spring each year. His name is often invoked in marriage cere

Archaeologists In London Just Uncovered A Shockingly Well-Preserved Roman Funerary Bed

The 2,000-year-old funerary bed was incredibly well-preserved — a rarity for wooden objects from the Roman period.

Archaeologists excavating a construction site in London recently unearthed a fully intact Roman funerary bed, along with skeletal remains and five oak coffins.

The excavation site, which is near Holborn Viaduct in London, will eventually be turned into an office space for the Hogan Lovells law firm. Right now, though, the former Roman cemetery is revealing 2,000 years of London’s

Pennsylvania Man Charged With Murder After Showing His Dad's Severed Head In A Political Rant On YouTube

In a lengthy YouTube video, 32-year-old Justin Mohn ranted about the Biden administration and the "woke mob" before displaying his father's head in a plastic bag.

A 32-year-old man is in police custody after allegedly murdering his father, cutting off his head, and displaying it on camera during a 14-minute rant on YouTube in which he espoused right-wing conspiracy theories.

Justin Mohn of Levittown — a suburb just outside of Philadelphia — has been officially charged with first-degree murder

Was Atlantis Real? Here's What The Evidence Says About The Existence Of This Fabled Lost City

First mentioned by Plato in Timaeus and Critias, the lost city of Atlantis later became a widely debated topic among historians. But is Atlantis real?

There are many purported “lost cities” throughout time, but none are more famous than Atlantis. First described by the Greek philosopher Plato, Atlantis served as an allegorical representation of the hubris of large nations — and the consequences that come as a result. But was Atlantis real?

Plato wrote that Atlantis had once been a powerful nav

Amelia Earhart Vanished 87 Years Ago — Now Ocean Explorers Say They May Have Located Her Airplane

New sonar images from Deep Sea Vision show a plane-shaped object on the floor of the Pacific Ocean — and it could be Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra.

When pilot Amelia Earhart went missing during a flight over the central Pacific Ocean 87 years ago, it led to one of the greatest enduring mysteries of the modern era. Numerous theories about Earhart’s disappearance — ranging from Earhart being captured by the Japanese to her being eaten by large crabs — have tried to explain what happened to th

The Rise And Fall Of The Seawise Giant, The Largest Ship Ever Built

Just over 1,500 feet long and with a gross tonnage of 260,941 tons, the Seawise Giant — later renamed the Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, and Knock Nevis — was the biggest ship in the world.

In the 1980s, a massive supertanker called the Seawise Giant took to the seas. The biggest ship ever built, it measured more than 1,500 feet in length — making it even longer than the Empire State Building is tall.

But the vessel, which changed names and owners several times over the course of its lifetime, was

Marine Biologists Discover A New Species Of Translucent Crustacean Off The Coast Of The Bahamas

Booralana nickorum was discovered 1,800 feet beneath the surface of the Exuma Sound off the coast of the Bahamas.

A team of international marine biologists recently discovered an ancient crustacean with a translucent body and giant eyes in the Bahamas.

In a paper published in the journal Zootaxa, researchers identified the species as Booralana nickorum, a deep-sea isopod that has existed on Earth for 300 million years and may play an important role in maintaining the ecosystem.

Isopods are la

The Tragic Story Of Paula Sladewski, The Playboy Model Whose Body Was Found Burning In A Miami Dumpster

Paula Sladewski was just 26 years old when she was found burned beyond recognition in a Miami dumpster in 2010 — and her killer has never been identified.

On January 3, 2010, in a North Miami dumpster, police discovered the body of Paula Sladewski, an aspiring model and Playboy Bunny who had visited the Sunshine State for New Year’s weekend with her boyfriend, Kevin Klym. Sladewski had clearly been murdered, and her body was burned so badly that she had to be identified by her dental records.

Women Buried With Elaborate Rings Around Their Necks Unearthed In 11th-Century Ukrainian Cemetery

The burials at the cemetery near the western Ukrainian village of Ostriv displayed a puzzling mix of Kyivan and Baltic customs.

Archaeologists in Ukraine have unearthed a 1,000-year-old cemetery and a number of skeletons buried with rings around their necks and buckets at their feet.

The cemetery was discovered just south of Kyiv and dates back to the 11th century, a pivotal time in Ukraine when many people had begun converting to Christianity. In total, there were 107 graves found at the site

'In God We Trust': Inside The Controversial History Of America's Official Motto

The phrase "In God we trust" has appeared on all American currency since 1957, but its controversial history goes back much further than that.

The phrase “In God we trust” is all but inescapable in the United States. It is pressed on coins, printed on dollar bills, and, in many states, present in every classroom. But for a country that purportedly separates church and state, why adopt a national motto that harkens back to Christianity?

Even more perplexing is that this motto, officially adopte

The Shocking Story Of Heather O'Rourke, The 'Poltergeist' Star Who Died Suddenly At Age 12

Poltergeist actress Heather O'Rourke was just 12 years old in 1988, when she died from a bowel obstruction that her doctors had previously dismissed as Crohn's disease.

Known for her early roles in Happy Days and the Poltergeist film series, Heather O’Rourke was one of the brightest young stars of the 1980s. She was nominated for six Young Artist Awards over the course of her acting career, and she was poised to take Hollywood by storm.

Unfortunately, the child star’s life came to an abrupt an

Scientists In Greenland Unearth Fossils Of Carnivorous Worms That Lived 500 Million Years Ago

Timorebestia was an ancient relative of the modern arrow worm — and one of the deadliest predators of its time.

Researchers in northern Greenland recently uncovered fossils of giant predator worms that ruled the oceans 518 million years ago — and they dubbed them “terror beasts.”

These massive worms, named Timorebestia — meaning “terror beasts” in Latin — were some of Earth’s earliest carnivorous aquatic animals, according to a release from the research team at the University of Bristol.

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The Hottest Pepper In The World — And The Scorching Runners-Up

Pepper X has recently been named the hottest pepper in the world, but it's far from the only spicy chili that's setting tongues ablaze.

Throughout history, people around the world have eaten hot peppers for various reasons, from cultural traditions to health benefits. But in recent years, many have approached spicy peppers as a challenge. This has led some people to ask: What is the hottest pepper in the world?

Currently, the world’s hottest pepper is Pepper X, a small, yellowish-green pepper

'It's Incredible': Archaeologists Find Evidence Of Sophisticated Ancient Cities In The Amazon

"They completely modified the valley at a level we've never seen. It's incredible."

Deep within the Amazon, researchers recently discovered a network of 2,500-year-old cities unlike anything ever before seen in the region — and it’s changing historians’ understanding of ancient life in the rainforest.

Laser scans revealed the existence of thousands of mounds that mark the locations of long-gone houses, plazas, and monuments that were connected by “sophisticated” roads and surrounded by terrace
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