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Americans Recognize 'Past Presidents' Who Never Were, Study Finds

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Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named "Thomas Moore" are among the names that many Americans mistakenly identify as belonging to a past president of the United States, finds a news study by memory researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Early Human Ancestor Didn’t Have the Jaws of a Nutcracker, Study Finds

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Research published in 2012 garnered international attention by suggesting that a possible early human ancestor had lived on a diverse woodland diet including hard foods mixed in with tree bark, fruit, leaves and other plant products. But new research by an international team of researchers now shows that Australopithecus sediba didn’t have the jaw and tooth structure necessary to exist on a steady diet of hard foods.

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‘Stakes Are High’ in Pope’s Visit to Mexico, Experts Say

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When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities — including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state — and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A University of Notre Dame expert calls this a "defining trip" for the pope.

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Songs in the Key of Colonialism

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A UCSB historian’s new book reveals the role of music in the subjugation and liberation of African culture.

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Nurse Anesthetist Recalls Operation to Save Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., After Near-Fatal Stabbing in 1958

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Goldie Brangman recalls the operation that saved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life after a mentally unstable woman stabbed him with a letter opener as he autographed copies of his first book in September 1958.

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History of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, Public Lands, Western Wildlife Refuges

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Shakespeare Discovery by UWM Historian on Exhibit at Folger Library

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A story included in 17th century papers by an anonymous author offer a glimpse of the personal life of the famous bard, about whom relatively little is known. The anecdote, found by a UWM historian, is on exhibit through March 27 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

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Flint Water Crisis - What Does a Historian Think?

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Descendants of Black Death Confirmed as Source of Repeated European Plague Outbreaks That Would Fade and Roar Back Over Centuries: Research

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An international team of researchers has uncovered new information about the Black Death in Europe and its descendants, suggesting it persisted on the continent over four centuries, re-emerging to kill hundreds of thousands in Europe in separate, devastating waves.

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The Hideout of the Black Death

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Historical pathogens survived for more than 4 centuries in Europe.

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Elvis’ First Venture to Las Vegas Was a Flop, Writes Historian

Beginning with “one electrifying night” in 1969 and continuing through the mid-1970s, Elvis Presley reigned as Las Vegas’ top nightclub act. But his first attempt to win over fans in that city 60 years ago was “a painful setback” for the young performer, writes a Missouri University of Science and Technology historian.

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Scott Merrill Named 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate

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Scott Merrill, an architect known for his originality and creative application of architectural precedents, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame.

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A Century After Endurance Shackleton Diagnosed with 'Hole in the Heart'

On the 100th anniversary of the Endurance expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, doctors writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine believe the inspirational explorer may have had the congenital defect commonly known as a 'hole in the heart'.

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Historian: ‘the Revenant’ Is Part Make-Believe, Part Historic Art

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“The Revenant,” a movie nominated for 12 Oscars including for best picture and best actor, is a film that takes liberties telling the true story of mountain man Hugh Glass. Jon Coleman, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, says the fiction in the storytelling is, in a way, the "most historical part."

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A Medical Pop-Up Book From the 17th Century

Columbia University librarians have digitized an important anatomical flap book – an early attempt to represent the three dimensionality of the human body in the two dimensional format of the book.

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries Unveil ‘Paramount’ Music, History Collection

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries now has two limited edition collections of rare early jazz and blues music from Paramount Music in nearby Grafton, Wisconsin.

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The First European Farmers Are Traced Back to Anatolia

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Human material from the Anatolian site Kumtepe was used in the study. The material was heavily degraded, but yielded enough DNA for the doctorate student Ayca Omrak to address questions concerning the demography connected to the spread of farming. She conducted her work at the Archaeological Research Laboratory.

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Filling in Digital Blanks of Historic Texts

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Digitizing books published before 1700 has created an aesthetic as well as quite pragmatic “black-dot problem” in translated texts, with the word “love,” for example, showing up as “lo•e.”

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Ten Years of Somber Reflection: WVU Faculty, Staff Recall Sago Mine Disaster

As we embark on the 10th anniversary of the Sago Mine disaster, WVU experts are available to reflect and discuss the issues - ranging from mine safety, legal ramifications, emergency response, trauma care and media coverage - related to the tragedy.

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New Book Challenges Remembrances of 'Christmas Truce'

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In December 1914, German and British soldiers on the western front initiated a series of unofficial ceasefires. Enlisted men across No Man’s Land abandoned trenches and crossed enemy lines to sing carols, share food and play soccer. Yet new accounts suggest the tale bears little resemblance to the truth.