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At the end of practice at the Xochikalli cultural center in Mexico City, ulama ballgame players perform a brief dedication to Aztec gods. James Fredrick for NPR hide caption

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An Ancient Ballgame Makes A Comeback In Mexico

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The Oscar For Best Snack Goes To ... Popcorn, The 6,000-Year-Old Aztec Gold

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A skull discovered at a sacred Aztec temple. A new study analyzed DNA extracted from the teeth of people who died in a 16th century epidemic that destroyed the Aztec empire, and found a type of salmonella may have caused the epidemic. Alexandre Meneghini/AP hide caption

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Archaeologists working at the Templo Mayor site of Aztec ruins in Mexico City, in August 2015. Scientists say the remains of women and children are among those found at a main trophy rack of human skulls, known as "tzompantli." Hector Montano/AP hide caption

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From Aztecs To Oscars: Popcorn's Beautiful, Explosive Journey

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