Beverly Mundorff

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An Inside Look at the Museum of Natural History, From 1878

American Museum of Natural History archives<p>All images via the American Museum of Natural History. The American Museum of Natural History at Manhattan Square, 1878.<p>A view of the museum from the rooftop of The Dakota, 1880.<p>Just hanging out in some fossilized shark jaws, 1927.<p>Moving a section of a …

Truck of the future aims to drive itself

Tractor-trailer drivers, if you text while driving in the middle of the freeway, then the future may belong to you.<p>If you can afford a Mercedes truck, that is.<p>The German vehicle maker sent an 18-wheeler barreling down the Autobahn recently, while the driver surfed the Internet for food recipes on …

In-flight science: how the world works when you're sitting on a plane

It's the best place to see a rainbow and the worst place to drink tea… Brian Clegg reveals 21 in-flight facts, from Einstein's influence on GPS to why turbulence is nothing to be scared of<p>1. The wing myth<p>For many years we taught the wrong explanation for the way wings keep planes in the air. It was …

Two years of the Higgs boson

Two years ago yesterday the discovery of a new boson - later confirmed as the Higgs - was announced at CERN, as the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) began in Melbourne. This week, ICHEP is underway again, this time in Valencia. What's new?<p>The Large Hadron Collider, in its …

Sol LeWitt at the Met—"Wall Drawing #370" Installation: Days 15-17

One Met. Many Worlds.

The divine Michelangelo

His works are iconic – but who is the man behind the myth? The artist’s early life reveals some clues.<p>Five hundred years ago, Michelangelo created three of the art world's greatest icons: the statue of David, the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and the dome of St. Peter's in …

Art

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers: The unknown history

One of the Dutch artist’s most famous works is actually part of a series of sunflower paintings. Alastair Sooke shows how these masterpieces came to be.<p>Sometimes a work of art is so dazzlingly famous that it can blind people to its original context and meaning. That surely is the case with Vincent …

Art

Christopher Columbus's Santa Maria wreck 'found'

<b>A US underwater investigator has said he believes he has found the wreck of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus's famed expedition.</b><p>Barry Clifford said evidence "strongly suggests" a ruin off Haiti's north coast is the Santa Maria.<p>Mr Clifford's team has measured and taken photos of …

Archaeology

Russia Makes Plans to Kill Space Station in 2020 Due to Sanctions

MOSCOW — Russia cast doubt on the long-term future of the International Space Station, a showcase of post-Cold War cooperation, as it retaliated on Tuesday against U.S. sanctions over Ukraine.<p>Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Moscow would reject a U.S. request to prolong the orbiting …

Russia

Watch Jupiter’s Incredible Shrinking Great Red Spot

Changing Planet<p>This photo of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on April 21, 2014. Sky-watchers can check out the gas giant for themselves in the early evening sky. Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)<p><b>Even monster planets aren’t immune</b> …

Ancient Microwaves Allow Astronomers to “See” the Invisible Dark Universe

The UC San Diego scientists measured variations in the polarization of microwaves emanating from the Cosmic Microwave Background—or CMB—of the early …

Cosmology: First light

The left-over radiation from the Big Bang has given up what may be its last great secret about the early Universe, but astronomers are determined to …

Western science severs ties with Russia

Country’s science renaissance threatened as NATO and NASA suspend links.<p>Scientific relations between Russia and the West have reached their lowest …

New Study Reveals Source of Stonehenge Rocks

A cloud of mystery still hovers over Stonehenge, the prehistoric stone circle located on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. In addition to …

Harvard confirms century-old book is covered in human skin

Harvard owns a book that's bound in human skin. It's sure of it, too. One of its curators announced today that tests on a book titled <i>Des destinées de l’ame</i> (<i>Destinies of The Soul</i>), which was published sometime in the 1880s, have confirmed with 99.9 percent confidence that it's been bound in human …