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Skeletons Reveal Tuscan Life in the Time of Cholera

"Thousand-year cemetery" records a millennium of tough living in Tuscany.<p>Tuscany is synonymous with the good life—wine, rolling hills, luscious cuisine. But for many years it was a pretty tough place to live.<p>At the Badia Pozzeveri church cemetery near Lucca, archaeologists have uncovered skeletons …

Picture of the Day: Times Square, D-Day, 1944

In this poignant photograph, people at Times Square in New York City are seen reading a news ticker about D-Day (Normandy landings), the largest …

A Photographer Drawn to One of Nature’s Fiercest Forces

Mark Thiessen has been photographing wildfires for almost 20 years. And he’s been on staff at National Geographic for almost as long. In his own words, he’s been “bitten by the fire bug.”<p>In the video above, Thiessen talks about the time he got covered in flame-retardant goop, shares tricks for …

American volunteers bled and led way to WW1 100 years ago | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Missing from chapters on World War One in most U.S. textbooks is the name of Edward Mandell Stone, a 27-year-old Harvard graduate from Chicago who made history with his death as a machine gunner in France 100 years ago this month.<p>A view of the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, …

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Tracks to Freedom: The Inspiring Story of the Underground Railroad

A newly found journal of interviews with fugitive slaves gives insight into the secret network.<p>The 2013 movie <i>12 Years a Slave</i>brought the darkest era of America's history into the forefront of the national consciousness. Most slaves died in servitude. But a lucky—and courageous—few managed to escape …