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Archaeologists In Iceland Uncover Ancient Hammer Of Thor — And It’s Adorable

Archaeologists In Iceland Uncover Ancient Hammer Of Thor — And It’s Adorable

The hammer is believed to be an amulet that ancient Vikings wore around their necks.
Life On Earth May Once Have Been Purple, Researchers Say

Life On Earth May Once Have Been Purple, Researchers Say

The "Purple Earth" hypothesis suggests that retinal, a purple-pigmented molecule, once dominated plant life before chlorophyll— making for some not-so-green foliage.
New York Man Dies After Contracting Mad-Cow-Like Disease From Eating Squirrel Brains

New York Man Dies After Contracting Mad-Cow-Like Disease From Eating Squirrel Brains

The extremely rare brain disease has had only four confirmed cases in the United States— but this could be the fifth.
This Humungous Fungus Is Three Times The Size Of A Blue Whale And 2,500-Years-Old

This Humungous Fungus Is Three Times The Size Of A Blue Whale And 2,500-Years-Old

When first discovered, the mushroom was thought to be about 110 tons, but new research estimates that it actually weighs roughly four times that much— and is a millennium older.
A Massive Viking Ship Burial Was Just Discovered Via Radar In Norway

A Massive Viking Ship Burial Was Just Discovered Via Radar In Norway

Experts report that such burials were meant for Viking royalty and that the ship itself was meant to act as a sort of coffin.
Ancient Roman Grave Site Shows Child Was Subjected To ‘Vampire Burial’ To Prevent Him From Rising From The Grave

Ancient Roman Grave Site Shows Child Was Subjected To ‘Vampire Burial’ To Prevent Him From Rising From The Grave

The Ancient Romans feared that "evils" would haunt them from the grave — and took drastic measures to keep that from happening.
This Week In History News, Oct. 7 – 13

This Week In History News, Oct. 7 – 13

Girl pulls ancient sword from lake, researchers uncover identity of New York mystery mummy, lasers reveal hidden Maya structures.
Who Needs Men? Two Female Mice Successfully Produce Healthy Offspring

Who Needs Men? Two Female Mice Successfully Produce Healthy Offspring

The genetic editing and stem cell research used on these mice is a long way from being used on humans, and some critics are wondering if it ever should be.
An Iron Age Chariot With Horse And Rider In Tow Was Discovered In England

An Iron Age Chariot With Horse And Rider In Tow Was Discovered In England

While the practice of burying chariots may not have been unusual for the time period, finding horses and a driver included in the burial is.
A Moon Can Have Its Own Moon And The Internet Wants Them To Be Called Moonmoons

A Moon Can Have Its Own Moon And The Internet Wants Them To Be Called Moonmoons

While moonmoon is the Internet's favorite title, other names like "submoon," "moonlet," and "moonito" have all been suggested.
115,000-Year-Old Bones Found In Poland Reveal Neanderthal Child Eaten By Gigantic Prehistoric Bird

115,000-Year-Old Bones Found In Poland Reveal Neanderthal Child Eaten By Gigantic Prehistoric Bird

Researchers realized the bones were so porous because they'd passed through the digestive system of an enormous bird.