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What Were the Twelve Tables of Rome?

In the late 1780s, after the United States had formally concluded peace with Britain and secured its independence, the lawmakers who formed the Second Continental Congress and issued the Declaration of Independence in 1776 faced new problems. The United States was now free of foreign oppression but needed a constitution and ancillary laws. The constitution …

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The Strange Story of Eben Byers, Who Drank Radium Until His Jaw Fell Off

Eben Byers was a wealthy American businessman who became famous in the early 1930s after ingesting large amounts of Radium or Radithor.  What is Radium, and what does it do? It is a radioactive element discovered in 1898 by Marie Curie and her husband, Pierre. When ingested, it can cause severe health problems, including cancer. Eben …

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