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‘Star’ in Lord Byron Poem Finally Identified

Some crafty celestial sleuthing has helped astronomers identify the "star" that inspired Lord Byron's famous poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage." Astronomer Donald Olson, a physics professor at Texas State University, found that the star Byron describes in his poem as being next to the moon is not actually a star at all. Rather, it's the biggest planet...

No, That’s Not Amelia Earhart in That History Channel Photo

It's not her. A photo unearthed by History channel researchers does not in fact depict Amelia Earhart, the famous aviator who went missing in 1937 while she was trying to become the first woman to fly around the world, nor does it show her navigator, Fred Noonan, according to Earhart historians. History channel researchers had claimed the image...

Remains of Medieval Saint’s Hut Could Aid Search for Missing Monastery

Saint Columba, best known for bringing Christianity to Scotland from Ireland in the sixth century, led the life of a superhero of sorts on Iona, a windswept island off the west coast of Scotland. He cured illnesses, rendered snakes' venom harmless, resurrected the dead and even saved a swimmer from being bitten by the...

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