William Broad

New York Times

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William Broad is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science reporter and senior writer for the New York Times and author of several books, including The Universe Below.

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A maritime history museum at the bottom of the Black Sea… 
    
 Some 40 shipwrecks have been discovered in the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Bulgaria. They've been…

Black Sea shipwrecks shed light on early empires

A maritime history museum at the bottom of the Black Sea… Some 40 shipwrecks have been discovered in the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Bulgaria. They've been…

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A maritime history museum at the bottom of the Black Sea… 
    
 Some 40 shipwrecks have been discovered in the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Bulgaria. They've been…

Black Sea shipwrecks shed light on early empires

A maritime history museum at the bottom of the Black Sea… Some 40 shipwrecks have been discovered in the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Bulgaria. They've been…

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B.K.S. Iyengar, the world-famous yoga guru, died in India today at 95.

Father of Modern Yoga Dies

B.K.S. Iyengar, the world-famous yoga guru, died in India today at 95.

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