Schusterman Library at OU-Tulsa

By Ms Hoberecht | Of interest to our patrons

Celebrate TNG's 30th with These Awesome Trek Moments

<b>Note: We've updated this story for TNG's 30th anniversary.</b><p>Captain Picard, Will Riker, the Enterprise-D and all the rest of it (but not Ten Forward -- …

Star Trek

The Lost History of Neanderthals

New genetic evidence suggests our mysterious ancient cousins were more resilient—and more humanlike—than previously thought.<p>In 1856, three years before the publication of Charles Darwin’s <i>On the Origin of Species</i>, a group of miners uncovered human fossils in a limestone cave in the Neander Valley of …


The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

One hundred years ago, a retail giant that shipped millions of products by mail moved swiftly into the brick-and-mortar business, changing it forever. Is that happening again?<p>Amazon comes to conquer brick-and-mortar retail, not to bury it. In the last two years, the company has opened 11 physical …


These Five "Witness Trees" Were Present At Key Moments In America's History

These still-standing trees are a living testament to our country's tragic past

Library of Congress

The Story Behind the Star Spangled Banner

On a rainy September 13, 1814, British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding …

A Woodstock Moment – 40 Years Later

On August 15, 1969, Nick Ercoline was tending Dino's bar in Middletown, New York, while his girlfriend of ten weeks, Bobbi Kelly, sat on a stool, …

Charles Manson

Stereographs Were the Original Virtual Reality

If you walked into Charles Herzog’s classroom last spring, you’d have seen a peculiarly modern sight: middle schoolers all staring into …

Library of Congress

Watch Cargo Ships Skitter Away From Hurricane Irma

Nobody wants to be in the path of this mammoth storm.<p>Modern cargo ships are huge, slow machines that ply the world’s oceans, delivering fuel, raw materials, and products to power the economy.<p>Sailing the seas is dangerous. Thanks to safer ships and weather forecasting, it’s not as dangerous as it …


Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …


The Surprisingly Important Role China Played in WWI

In turn, the peace talks that ended the war had an enormous impact on China's future

World War I

This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Idea

Those who misuse aquatic antibiotics are playing a dangerous game with their health, doctors and veterinarians say


How Arlington National Cemetery Came to Be

One afternoon in May 1861, a young Union Army officer went rushing into the mansion that commanded the hills across the Potomac River from …

The Moral History of Air-Conditioning

Cooling the air was once seen as sinful. Maybe the idea wasn’t entirely wrong. An Object Lesson.<p>Until the 20th century, only the wealthy or dying might have witnessed someone trying to cool the air indoors—even though building a fire to keep warm in the winter would have been perfectly reasonable. …

U.S. Department of Energy

Cats Are Not Medicine

Pets don’t actually make people healthier, according to a new analysis. Ability to own a pet does.<p>Kids who grow up in homes with cats are much less likely to have behavioral issues than kids who grow up in homes without cats.<p>This is according to a divisive statistical analysis thrust upon the world …


A WWII Propaganda Campaign Popularized the Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark

During World War II, when sugar was rationed to 8 ounces per adult per week, some vegetable alternatives were introduced. These girls don’t seem too …

Why Do Ticks Spread So Many Diseases?

There's a long list of diseases that you can get from a tick bite, including some that can actually kill you. In fact, the tiny bloodsucking critters …

Benjamin Franklin Mocked Eclipse Astrology to Elevate Science

The founding father used his almanacs to promote a scientific understanding of celestial events—often with withering humor

Benjamin Franklin

El Nino's Absence May Fuel a Stormy Hurricane Season

The hurricane season is likely to be extra active this year, thanks to a likely no-show from El Niño.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows

How peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wards


Why Hypercolor T-Shirts Were Just a One-Hit Wonder

It was 1991: “Roseanne was on TV, <i>Terminator 2</i> was on the big screen, Color Me Badd was on the radio and Hypercolor t-shirts were on the backs of …

The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads

Before the first disposable sanitary napkin hit the mass market, periods were thought of in a much different way


The Art of Teaching the Youngest Students

A Denver child-care provider hopes an in-house training initiative will better prepare educators for a uniquely difficult field.<p>Scattered around a meeting room in groups of three or four, 13 women bent over laptop computers and smartphones, squinting at Colorado’s hundreds of child-care regulations.<p>…


The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Baking

Before baking powder hit the scene in 1856, making cake was not a piece of cake


Take a Peep at This Gallery of Historic Selfies

The first-ever photograph was a still life. But it wasn’t long until people were taking pictures of one another.<p>“Portraits were the most commonly …


Secret Tunnels Under London, Once Used to Hide Art During WWI, Open to the Public for the First Time

Explore the 6.5-mile-long network of hidden mail tunnels starting this July

World War I

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobiles

During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areas

Great Depression

Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places

“Compost bin. Pig trough. Dog-food bowl. Laptop keyboard.”<p>Ona chilly autumn morning in northwest London, just outside the Euston train station, Adam Roberts stops at the top of an outdoor staircase, looks around for police, and tries to appear inconspicuous. This is harder than it sounds, and not …


Cocaine trafficking is destroying Central America’s forests

Drug trade has stripped Nicaragua of nearly one-third of its woodlands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A Brief History of Children Sent Through the Mail

<i>Editor's Note, December 21, 2016 Listen to the Smithsonian perspective on this story from the Smithsonian’s new podcast, Sidedoor. Listen to the</i> …