What value does wit hold in genres defined by brute strength?
An icy space rock flattened an ancient city and everyone in it, perhaps inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom
Shocked city dwellers who stared at it were blinded instantly, then the entire city caught fire.
Although saying the wrong thing could often get you killed in ancient civilizations, history shows that the ideal of free speech has deep roots.
Memory errors may actually indicate a way in which the human cognitive system is “optimal” or “rational.”
Three out of four Russians accused of witchcraft were men.
The sonnenrad is a Heathen symbol composed of 12 repeated runes.
For decades, researchers have proposed that climate change and human-caused environmental destruction led to demographic collapse on Easter Island. That's probably false, according to new research.
To war is human – and Neanderthals were very like us.
Researchers in Singapore invented a novel device that may help the island nation illuminate its growing underground infrastructure.
Media provocateurs and conspiracy theorists insist that they're "just asking questions." No, they aren’t.
Russia's cyberattacks against Ukraine have been prolific and ongoing for several years. The future of war may begin in cyberspace.
It’s all well and good to discuss how our humanity evolved – but what even is humanity?
Our ancestral cousins far more intelligent than we credit them for, and they did things most of us cannot.
These astounding inventions show that civilizations of the past were a lot more advanced than we might have thought.
Why should it be considered impolite to discuss something so important to our long-term well-being?
We're safeguarding the world's seeds in the Arctic, why not our most precious data?
Setting resolutions for the new year means you think the future is up to you — but is it?
The most unpleasant aspect of intellectual liberalism is that when speech causes emotional or mental pain, the offended parties are morally entitled to nothing.
The non-contact technique could someday be used to lift much heavier objects — maybe even humans.
This is a time for family and friends to gather, watch the full moon and eat mooncakes and other delicacies.
Paintings played an important role in these ancient civilizations. Unfortunately, pigment is not nearly as durable as marble.
The metaverse has the potential to be revolutionary, for both good and bad. Here is how we can maximize the former and prevent the latter.