Three out of four Russians accused of witchcraft were men.
China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
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 […]
Towards the end of his life, Francisco Goya began painting terrifying scenes directly onto the walls of his house.
What could religion learn from cable television? A surprising amount, seeing as the younger generations are turning away from both in huge numbers.
"At times, it seems as if we are condemned to try to understand our own time with conceptual frameworks more than half a century old." Historian Niall Ferguson says it's time for an update.
In this radical view, the universe is a giant supercomputer processing particles as bits.
What did Nikola Tesla or Bertrand Russell think of fewer working hours? Can a good life only come from work — and if so how much of it, and what kind?
“Would anyone read a sci-fi story with a dark-skinned, female protagonist?” – this is the question that got it all started. At that time, in the fall of 2013, the […]
Like a culinary canary in the coal mine, coleslaw can tell you everything you need to know about a restaurant.
Monty Python’s Terry Jones argues that economics isn’t a science—it’s history! Forgetting that history inevitably dooms us to the next financial crisis.
"Humans are allergic to change,” Grace Hopper once said. “They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise."
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The emergence of email catapulted the @ from typographical obscurity onto everybody’s keyboard. Now the thing had to have a name fit for the digital age. Despite an early proliferation […]
Elections for the European Parliament have been held every five years since 1979, but none have been as crucial as this 8th edition, taking place from 22 to 25 May. […]
Sometimes the toughest shadow to escape is one you cast over yourself. When artist Art Spiegelman began publishing Maus in 1980 in chapter form in the indie comics magazine Raw, […]
Today Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Swedish winner since 1974 and the first umlauted winner since Herta Müller in 2009. The citation mentions […]
Transcript of an extract from BBC Radio 4 entertainment interview show Chain Reaction (first broadcast on 26 August 2011). Intersperse with a good deal of [live studio laughter]. Kevin Eldon: […]
Two straight lines connect Glastonbury to Armageddon