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An Astonishing Video Shows CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time

“I was sitting in the front, and I just heard this gasp from everyone behind me.”<p>In June, several dozen scientists flew to Big Sky, Montana to discuss the latest in CRISPR research. They had a lot to talk about, given that CRISPR—a tool which allows scientists to cut DNA to disable genes or insert …


The Weird, Wooden Future of Skyscrapers

A change to the urban skyline that could make a big dent in carbon emissions<p>The first thing you notice when you walk into the office of Lever Architecture, in Portland, Oregon, is the smell: fresh, sweet, and vaguely Christmassy. That’s because Albina Yard, the year-old building that houses the …


Ashes to Ashes, Stardust to Stardust

Delivering cremated remains to the stratosphere joins a growing list of new ways to memorialize the dead.<p>Mark Harris says funeral directors talk about it all the time. More and more people are growing tired of traditional funeral services and opting for something a little more creative. “It’s …


How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Archival Museum Research

Machine Learning

How Researchers Uncovered a Massive Void in the Great Pyramid of Giza


The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

Delaying hard work is all about your mood.<p>When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.<p>So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my …


The Crisis Facing America’s Preschool Teachers

Efforts to fill centers with better qualified early-childhood workers are threatening the jobs of those who can’t afford to get their college degree, and some states are turning to apprenticeships to solve both problems at once.<p>Jameelah Jones is relieved to be working again. Diagnosed with breast …


Six Books to Read About the History of Immigration in America

For a topic as heated as immigration, there’s an impulse to fall back on bromides and sound bites. But for those who are interested to learn more …


What Happens in the Brain When We Feel Fear

The Brain

How the 1867 Medicine Lodge Treaty Changed the Plains Indian Tribes Forever

The peace agreement set up reservations for the tribe—only to break that agreement in the following decades<p>Comment on this Story

Native Americans

Why the Ancient Egyptians Loved Their Kitties

A show opening at the Sackler dramatizes the various meanings that the people of Egypt once associated with cats<p>Comment on this Story

Ancient History

No One’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf—And That’s a Problem

On Vancouver Island, habituation to humans has made wolves aggressive, fearless and more prone to clashes with people<p>Comment on this Story


The History of Trick Or Treating Is Weirder Than You Thought

It’s almost that time of year when underaged kids get into costume and traipse around the neighborhood ringing doorbells and begging for …


How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America

The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. And it may have begun in the United …

Public Health

Star Trek: The Next Generation's Most Awesome Moments

Picard and crew hit the airwaves 30 years ago today. This is why we love them.<p><b>Note: We've updated this story for TNG's 30th anniversary.</b><p>Captain …

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<p>Comment on this Story<p>EXPLORE OUR TRIPS

Military History

The Story Behind the Star Spangled Banner

How the flag that flew proudly over Fort McHenry inspired an anthem and made its way to the Smithsonian<p>Comment on this Story


A Woodstock Moment – 40 Years Later

On a whim, a young duo went to the legendary festival only to be captured in a memorable image by photographer Burk Uzzle<p>Comment on this Story

Charles Manson

Stereographs Were the Original Virtual Reality

The shocking power of immersing oneself in another world was all the buzz once before—about 150 years ago<p>Comment on this Story

Virtual Reality

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<p>Comment on this Story


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<p>Comment on this Story


How Arlington National Cemetery Came to Be

The fight over Robert E. Lee’s beloved home—seized by the U.S. government during the Civil War—went on for decades<p>Comment on this Story

Robert E. Lee

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. …

James A. Garfield

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

How a ruse to keep German pilots confused gave the Vitamin-A-rich vegetable too much credit<p>Comment on this Story

Vitamin A