historical eras

Study: Plague probably didn't wipe out Roman Empire

Plague is often depicted as shifting the course of human history, but scholars say an outbreak that has been blamed for the demise of the Roman Empire likely didn't kill half the world's population in just a few years.

Middle-aged black adults see rise in opioid deaths

About 48,000 people lost their lives to opioids in 2017, the latest year for which complete data is available, according to a new study. Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, accounted for almost two-thirds of those deaths.

'Mrs. Fletcher' is a rare coming-of-middle-age story

"Mrs. Fletcher" takes a concept that sounds like a snooze and turns it into an unexpectedly absorbing limited series. Give much of the credit to "The Leftovers" producer-writer Tom Perrotta -- adapting his book -- and star Kathryn Hahn, who throws her all into a role distinguished by its lack of clear definition.

Scientists try to crack mysterious case of medieval skeleton

When human remains from the 10th century were unearthed beneath Prague Castle in 1928, the discovery was shrouded in mystery that still persists today. Now, scientists are trying to figure out the identity of the man that caused such debate.

Iron Age shield found in Europe

A shield made of bark dating back to between 255 and 395 BC has been found in Europe, according to new research. Although it only looks like pieces of wood now, they once fit together as a unique shield that was made during the Iron Age.