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A Brief Survey Of The Most Glorious Redheads In Art History

Or, all the women in famous paintings who have better hair than you.<p>If a bias against redheads is real, the gingers of art history have a few things to say:<p><b>"I woke up like this."</b> <p>(Sandro Botticelli, "The Birth of Venus," circa 1485)<p><b>"So did I."</b> (Mary Cassatt, "Maternal Kiss," 1896)<p><b>"I'm still</b> …

Westminster Abbey: Medieval burial ground with remains of at least 50 individuals discovered [Photos]

The remains of at least 50 individuals have been discovered in a medieval burial ground in Westminster Abbey. The bones, some of which date back to …

Archaeology

Exhibit's CT-scanned mummies give new look at old world

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ever wonder what's really underneath that 5,000-year-old mummy's elaborate wrapping? There will be a rare chance to find out when "Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs" opens Sept. 18 at Los Angeles' Natural History Museum.<p>Exhibition organizers didn't actually cut open any of the …

Archaeology

Medieval skeleton discovered in tree suffered violent death, experts say

Archaeologists in Ireland have unearthed startling details about the strange medieval skeleton found in the roots of a 215 year-old tree.<p>The beech tree in Collooney, Sligo, fell during a storm earlier this year, revealing the macabre sight of a skeleton trapped in its roots. The Irish National …

Archaeology

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Psychology

A Corinthian Helmet from the Battle of Marathon

This remarkable Corinthian style helmet from the Battle of Marathon was reputedly found in 1834 with a human skull still inside. It now forms part of …

Ancient History

Ancient Roman barracks unearthed at Gonio Fortress in west Georgia

Archaeological excavations are coming to an end at a historical castle in western Georgia that earlier revealed some ancient treasures.<p>Roman barracks …

The stunning Islands where lustful women were sent to die

ROMAN countesses, actresses and designers like the Fendi sisters have picked the Pontine islands, a cluster of paradise-atolls near Rome, as their …

A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust

A lot of books come across our desks here at <i>Weekend Edition</i>. One caught our eye recently, because of the unusual way it came to be published. The title sums up the story — <i>Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany</i>.<p>That remarkable tale came to …

German History

The World's Oldest Known Coin

Coin collectors and scholars the world over love to hear a good story about the latest discoveries in the world of ancient coins. The oldest known …

British Museum

A burka in a Christian town: How Fox News and right-wing media turned a lesson in tolerance into an excuse for hate

A teacher’s “dress-up” exercise divided a Texas town. Then Fox News and WorldNetDaily arrived to make it worse<p>Sharon Peters reached into a hot-pink cloth bag and pulled out an <i>abaya</i>, a full-length body garment for women, from Kuwait. As if she were modeling for a fashion show, the world geography …

This Rustic 200-Year-Old Farmhouse Has a Surprise on the Inside

Don't judge a house by its exterior.<p>If you're picturing the interior of this 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the rural village of Linescio, Switzerland filled with classic country primitives, a rustic pot belly stove, and all manner of cozy shabby chic trappings—you're in for a surprise.<p>The …

Architecture

Aromatherapy for Skin Disorders

August 27, 2015<p>Aromatherapy can help with hives, eczema, dermatitis, bee stings inflammation, and dryness. Helpful are essential oils such as …

Alternative Medicine

'Nazi Gold Train' Found, Reveals Polish Culture Minister

A deathbed confession led two men to discover a Nazi gold train has been missing since the end of the Second World War. Speaking on Friday, a Polish …