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Negotiating With Terrorists: What’s the Big Deal?

Over the past few months two high-profile events have raised the thorny question of whether governments should negotiate with terrorists.  Read more.

Contact Made With 36-Year-Old ‘Retired’ Satellite

Red tape and a moderate earthquake did not deter a private group from meeting its goal of making contact with a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft that has been slumbering in deep space since 1997. The International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 was launched in 1978 but retired, after distinguished service, in 1997 by NASA. Now private citizens are trying to put the bird back in business with an online campaign to raise enough cash to wake it up.

Now, members are trying to redirect the path of the vintage International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISSE-3) probe before it’s too late. Read more

Enormous Shrimp Was Gentle Giant of Cambrian Seas

A top predator approximately 540 million years ago was an over two-foot-long shrimp relative that was the first known actively swimming filter feeder, according to the latest issue of Nature. Read more

Cheesy Afterlife: Lumps of Oldest Cheese Found on Mummies Necks, Chests

The world’s oldest cheese has been found on the necks and chests of perfectly preserved mummies buried in China’s desert sand. Dating back as early as 1615 B.C., the lumps of yellowish organic material have provided direct evidence for the oldest known dairy fermentation method. The individuals were likely buried with the cheese so they could savor it in the afterlife. Read more

Ruins Near Pyramids Reveal Leopard Teeth, Calf Bones

The remains of a mansion that likely held high-ranking officials some 4,500 years ago have been discovered near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids. Bones from young cattle and teeth from leopards suggest its residents ate and dressed like royalty. Read more

Beyoncé Criticized, ‘Insensitive’ to Challenger Tragedy

Two weeks ago, singer Beyoncé released a surprise self-titled album that went on to make record sales. Unfortunately, it has come to light that a music video for one of the album’s songs featured audio from the space shuttle Challenger accident in 1986. Read more

GALLERY: 100-Year-Old Negatives Found in Antarctica

Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators recently made a stunning discovery: a box of 22 exposed but unprocessed negatives, frozen in a block of ice for nearly one hundred years. Take a look at some of the processed pieces of history

[UPDATE: Broken links fixed… apologies! ~Ian]

Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photos

Nelson Mandela, a former political prisoner who went on to become South Africa’s first black president, died Thursday. He was 95. Mandela received around the clock intensive care from military and other doctors since September, when he was discharged from a nearly three-month hospital stay for a lung infection.

The Right Stuff: Scott Carpenter’s Mission

Last week, we lost a NASA astronaut legend. Here is his legacy.

It’s Official: Voyager 1 is an Interstellar Probe

After a 35-year, 13-billion mile journey, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft become the first human-made object to reach interstellar space, new evidence from a team of scientists shows.

“It’s kind of like landing on the moon. It’s a milestone in history. Like all science, it’s exploration. It’s new knowledge,” long-time Voyager scientist Donald Gurnett, with the University of Iowa, told Discovery News. Read more

New Historic Space Photos Unearthed

Old space images are new again. University College London has released rare historical spaceflight images. See the entire gallery

Royal Pain: 6 Strange Ailments of Famous Rulers

"Not only was Richard III affected by a severe scoliosis — a curvature of the spine — he was also infested with parasitic worms that grew up to a foot in length."

Wow. TMI? You bet! Here are another 5 hideous ailments…

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