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How Maps Became Deadly Innovations in WWI

Advances in weaponry and cartography had deadly repercussions in World War I, which the United States entered 100 years ago today.<p>By the time the United States entered World War I, 100 years ago today, the conflict had been raging in Europe for nearly three years. It was to become one of the …

Maps

Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages

Museum Home Current Exhibitions Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages<p>Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the …

Theology

25 Chinese Sayings That Will Rock Your World (and Make You Much Happier)

For a long time, I’ve been fascinated, inspired and awed by the limitless wisdom found in Chinese Proverbs.<p>I’ve found them so simple, yet so profound …

Motivation

Why Are American Cities So Much Different Than European Cities?

European cities like Paris are much, much older than American cities like New York, and that age difference has led to many interesting differences …

The unexpected answer to the biggest mystery of the American Revolution

In the grade-school version of American history, the Revolutionary War seems like a righteous inevitability. The typical narrative conflates taxes with tyranny, casting the rebellion as a break from British greed and oppression. “King George III didn’t seem to care what the colonists thought,” one …

Political Science

Benjamin Banneker, the African-American Mathematician Who May Have Saved Washington, D.C.

Many people who have a passing familiarity with Washington, D.C. know it was originally styled after famous European locales by architect Pierre …

Black History

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.<p>Cheers broke out in the cabin of JetBlue …

Cuba

How Nat Turner Explained the Slave Rebellion He Led

It was in August of 1831 that Nat Turner led a rebellion of Virginia slaves that left dozens of people dead, including small children. One-hundred …

Artificial Intelligence

In ancient DNA, the story of how Native Americans thrived — and then were wiped out

It all began with a tiny, brave band of people who strode across the land bridge connecting Asia to Alaska and into the unknown. Within a few millennia they would conquer the Americas, laying the groundwork for civilizations as varied as any in the world — the prehistoric creators of Clovis points; …

Anthropology

The Great War Like You’ve Never Seen It (Photos)

Edward Steichen did much to advance the cause of photography in the early 20th century, including pioneering work in aerial photography in wartime, a …

History

Never Forget: Russell Frederick’s Photographs of Proud Black Brooklyn

Russell Frederick’s pictures of Bedford-Stuyvesant show the Brooklyn neighborhood’s thrumming black culture, before the effects of gentrification …

Street Photography

15 Science Experiments To Try This Easter Break

Endless fun with things you probably have in your kitchen cupboard already.

A brief history of Hadrian's Wall

The wall that runs across northern England in many ways represented Roman emperor Hadrian’s new ideology. Reigning from AD 117 to 138, Hadrian …

Ancient History

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

In 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, by a vote of 8 to 1, to uphold a state's right to forcibly sterilize a person considered unfit to procreate. The case, known as <i>Buck v. Bell,</i> centered on a young woman named Carrie Buck, whom the state of Virginia had deemed to be "feebleminded."<p>Author Adam …

Physiology

Six decades of Egyptian history in six movies

<b>As Egyptians protest against their government, the army dismisses the head of state and takes charge, promising to honour the wishes of the people. But, partly to check the rise of Islamists, it soon assumes sweeping powers.</b><p>The revolution of 1952 foreshadowed the events that followed the Arab …

Yom Kippur

Living through the Crusades: 3 poems and songs that reveal how medieval people felt about the holy war

In the first archive of its kind, researchers from the universities of Warwick, Royal Holloway College in London and La Sapienza University in Rome …

DNA Reveals Far-Off Origins of Ancient 'Gladiators'

DNA testing is telling scientists more about the origins of a group of headless Romans.<p>People in the Roman Empire really got around.<p>Evidence from a Roman-era cemetery in York, England shows that the city—once a major outpost on Rome’s distant frontier—was home to both locals and to immigrants from …

Archaeology

People who traveled to the Paris climate summit can offset their carbon emissions — but it isn't easy

One and a half tons of carbon dioxide. That’s roughly how much global warming pollution The World's environment team produced last month flying from the east coast of the US to the UN’s COP21 climate summit in Paris.<p>Multiply that by the at least 30,000 people who attended the conference, many …

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

Rathergate and the dark magic of 2004: When the GOP learned how to subvert truth and alter political reality

Long before Benghazi and Planned Parenthood, Karl Rove toppled Dan Rather, gutted CBS and proclaimed lies as truth<p>Most of us, I would assume, have eagerly erased all memories of the dismal 2004 presidential campaign between George W. Bush and John Kerry, and for good reasons. It was the post-9/11 …

Before Dr. Seuss was famous he drew these sad, racist ads ... and then totally changed his mind

Most people know Seuss books as harmless, imaginative fun for kids. But Seuss's early work did have a darker, racist side — before he eventually changed his views and abandoned his prejudices.<p>Dr. Seuss' political leanings are well known — the writer was a liberal Democrat who opposed fascism in the …

San Diego

20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decisions

You’ve always considered yourself a sound decision-maker. From that heavily researched car that you drove to work this morning to the carefully …

Non-religious woman who refused judge's order to meet with Christian counselor loses her sons

Holly Salzman of Albuquerque, New Mexico went to court to resolve coparenting issues with her ex-husband. The judge ordered Salzman to attend 10 …

25 Words That Don’t Mean What They Used To

When the English clergyman Thomas Fuller used the word <i>unfriended</i> in a letter dating from 1659, we can be pretty sure he wasn’t talking about his …

Language

Supreme Court Throws Out Conviction for Facebook Threats

In a closely-watched case about free speech online, the Supreme Court on Monday overturned by a 7-2 margin the conviction of a man whose online rants …

Gas, mud and horror: How German and Allied forces fought during the First World War

<i>Some of the bloodiest fighting of the First World War raged on the muddy fields of Flanders for a month in the spring of 1915 as the massive German</i> …

World History

The secret of how Egyptians moved pyramid stones has finally been discovered

<b>Historians and scientists have for years wondered how ancient Egyptians had managed to move stone blocks weighing up to 2.5 tonnes through the sand</b> …