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3 Dead Guys We Just Can't Leave Alone

Their causes of death still puzzle researchers

(Newser) - These folks have been dead for centuries—and yet we still won’t leave them alone. Discover presents a list of celebs whose mysterious deaths keep us snooping:
  • Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1961, researchers found a lot of arsenic in the emperor’s hair, prompting speculation that he was poinsoned. Two
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Periodic Table Adds Element

Copernicium (Cn) checks in at No. 112

(Newser) - Fourteen years after its discovery, a new element has been added to the periodic table. Copernicium (Cn) will take its place as element number 112 after a long dispute over naming. The leader of the victorious German team said he picked Copernicus to “salute an influential scientist who didn’... More »

After 13 Years, New Element Gets Name: Copernicium

Physicists dedicate element 112 to the father of the heliocentric solar system

(Newser) - The scientists who discovered the newest element want to name it “copernicium” to honor Nicolaus Copernicus, the astronomer who proposed the heliocentric theory of the solar system, the BBC reports. Element 112 was discovered in fusion experiments 13 years ago and added to the periodic table a few weeks... More »

Scientists Identify Body of Copernicus

DNA proves elderly man buried in Poland is father of astronomy

(Newser) - More than 400 years after Copernicus determined man's place in the universe, scientists returned the favor by pinpointing his grave in an old Polish cathedral. Using DNA from a tooth and a bone, scientists identified a 70-year-old man buried in an unmarked grave as the astronomer who determined that the... More »

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