The site in central Rome has also yielded evidence of how actively the early Romans intervened to shape their urban environment. But the excavation has been particularly challenging because the temple lies below the water table.
Seattle Seahawks fans, perhaps in a moment of reflection, before the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 19.
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In the lead-up to the Super Bowl, commentator Frank Deford explores why football's popularity seems to grow and grow, like a fungus. Unlike other sports that are played with high frequency, he says, fans work up an anticipation for their team's once-a-week game.
Graduate student Jennifer Klunk of McMaster University examines a tooth used to decode the genome of the ancient plague.
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When you hear the words bubonic plague, Black Death usually comes to mind. But the first plague pandemic happened 800 years earlier, when the Justinian plague wiped out nearly a quarter of the world's population. Scientists have decoded the bacteria responsible, which have roots in China.
Security personnel sit in the back of a truck outside the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. Security concerns are one reason why many U.S. fans and family are not going to this year's games.
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