Three out of four Russians accused of witchcraft were men.
When the mutual relatives of two royal families died, the countries were likelier to go to war.
Vladimir Putin adores Fyodor Dostoevsky. A close reading of the legendary author’s texts reveals the feeling might have been mutual.
The mushroom cloud resulting from the nuclear weapon test Bravo (yield 15 Mt) on Bikini Atoll. The test was part of the Operation Castle in 1954, and was one of […]
One particular revolution was so important, that at least one historian thinks the 20th century officially began in 1914 and ended in 1991.
Only 17 years after its discovery have we learned we’re safe from asteroid Apophis. Ever since its 2004 discovery, asteroid 99942 Apophis has threatened planet Earth. Asteroid Apophis has been measured […]
Our social emotions are now being hijacked by robots.
We’re Earth’s first intelligent, technologically advanced civilization. But maybe not the last. For most of our planet’s history, life in some form has existed on our world. Planet Earth formed some […]
India finishes last of 60 countries in environment and sustainability, as ranked by the expats who work there.
Delving into the psychology of an uncommon joy.
Researchers find the "neural clock" that orders and timestamps experiences and memories.
A new report from the Boston Globe shows how a shadowy Transportation Security Administration program, dubbed 'Quiet Skies', orders undercover federal marshals to track citizens who aren't necessarily on a terrorist watchlist.
But we already knew that, didn't we?
The past 300,000 years occurs in the blink of a cosmic eye, but it’s meant everything to humanity. The history of humanity was anything but inevitable. Although the Universe created […]
Kakistocracy is rule by the worst, but who are the worst? A better question, how do we know?
Authoritarian regimes have had a long history of targeting intellectuals who don’t agree with them. What kind of people get deported? We have a list of ten people whose work got them shipped out of Russia.
How the U.S. teaches foreign languages to its diplomats.
Has Google become our modern confessional? Former Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz discusses how Google knows you better than your friends and family--maybe even yourself. He is the author of Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are.
Edward Snowden and his allies are lobbying President Obama to pardon him.
60% of pain patients find that tolerance buildup significantly impedes their treatment over time.
Pyongyang says they’ve detonated a hydrogen bomb. Here’s how science can tell us they’re lying. “In this first testing ground of the atomic bomb I have seen the most terrible and […]