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13th Amendment Is the Most Important, Says Historian

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Missouri S&T Historian Examines Gangster Bugsy Siegel in New Book

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Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was a successful, charismatic and tough gangster, but he was neither a visionary who founded the Las Vegas Strip nor a pathological killer, says Missouri University of Science and Technology historian Larry Gragg in his biography of the mobster.

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Book Traces History of Racism, Race-Based Psuedo-Science

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When it comes to race, too many people still mistake bigotry for science, argues Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist Robert W. Sussman, PhD, in his new book, “The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea.” The book traces racist ideas to their origin and illustrates how racist myths live on in modern society.

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As Ebola Deaths Rise, Researcher Sees Parallels with Devastating Medieval Plague

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Nükhet Varlik, a Rutgers historian, has studied the Black Death – the medieval plague that may have wiped out more than half of the population in vast parts of the world – and found echoes from centuries past in issues such as the spread of deadly diseases including Ebola, human interactions with the environment, climate change and other dilemmas that affect human health today as much as they did in the Middle Ages. There is much we may be able to learn about modern times from what Professor Varlik has found.

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UK Computer Science Professor Leading Major Breakthrough in Reading Ancient Scrolls

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University of Kentucky Department of Computer Science's Brent Seales is on his way to making history, and uncovering it, with revolutionary software and 2,000-year old Herculaneum scrolls.

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Study Shows How Planetary Building Blocks Evolved From Porous to Hard Objects

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Thinking small has enabled an international team of scientists to gain new insight into the evolution of planetary building blocks in the early solar system.

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President Lincoln’s Cottage 3D Laser-Scanned by Ithaca College Researchers

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A team of undergraduate students from Ithaca College traveled to Washington to document President Lincoln’s Cottage — the only designated national monument in the District of Columbia — using 3D laser scanning technology.

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New Book Examines Effects of Napoleon's Conquests Beyond the Battlefields

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A West Virginia University history professor has led an international team of historians on a study of economic warfare during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The result— a collection of essays offering new perspectives on the consequences of Napoleon Bonaparte’s European conquest.

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Africa's Recent Economic Promise Harkens Back to 20th Century Colonial Efforts

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An exploration of post-colonial attempts to develop Africa may provide understanding as the world sees the continent as the next economic powerhouse.

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University of Tennessee Professor Uses Plantations to Examine Race in America

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As the nation pauses to recognize civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor is reflecting on the country's racial history in a different way—by examining plantations.