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Henri Rousseau’s Heartening Story of Success after a Lifetime of Rejection, Illustrated

<i>“People working in the arts engage in street combat with The Fraud Police on a daily basis,”</i> Amanda Palmer wrote in her fantastic manifesto for the creative life, one of the best books of the year, <i>“because much of our work is new and not readily or conventionally categorized.”</i> Few artists in …

How to Live a Long Happy Life — 8 Insights Backed by Research

• One of the reasons young people do such risky things is because they think happiness declines with age so they live it up. They’re only half right: …

Why the Scientist Who Unravelled DNA Is Selling His Nobel Prize

James Watson, who has been shunned by the academic community for his racist remarks, is putting his award up for auction.<p><i>Update 12/04/2014: James Watson's 1962 Nobel Prize for the discovery of DNA's double helix sells for $4.1 million at auction, above its expected selling range of $2.5-3.5</i> …

The quest for a reactionless spacecraft thruster

<i>The torsion balance is contained in an evacuated lucite cylinder. The hardwood frame is leveled and stabilized with lead weights (gray bricks, in the</i> …

If Gas Is Cheap, Why Are Airfares So Expensive?

If fuel prices are so low, why are air fares so high? And will prices ever return to Earth?<p>They're simple questions with complicated answers. But Jake Oakman, for one, would like to know. So would many holiday travelers.<p>Oakman, who works for the state of Indiana, usually spends between $350 and …