A toxicological study shows that the victims of human sacrifice consumed coca leaves and ayahuasca before they were killed, but not for reasons we originally thought.
The credibility problem facing the biomedical and public health establishment is, at least in part, a product of its own making.
Long assumed to be a devoted vegetarian, ancient sloths were fine with some meat.
Pseudoscience is science’s shadow.
As bad as this sounds, a new essay suggests that we live in a surprisingly egalitarian age.
The poisoned candy legend is just one way that American fears manifested: as an easily understood threat to innocence.
For some reason, the bodies of deceased monks stay "fresh" for a long time.
From 1974 to 1978, the chimps of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania were at war with each other, the first time conservationists saw chimps engage in calculated, cold-blooded killing.
The gospels imply that Jesus became famous as much for his exorcisms as his ministry.
Presidential gravesites are spread out “democratically” — but this is more by accident than design.
From Brahms to Tchaikovsky, here's a curated list of composers whose music has shaped the classical canon.
We have long thought that Pluto was completely frozen solid, but the discovery of cryovolcanoes challenges that assumption.
Behind the scenes, Hitler had at least three disastrous relationships, including a short-lived marriage.
To preserve biodiversity and ecosystems, protected areas should be connected into a gigantic World Park.
For decades people have arranged to freeze their bodies after death, dreaming of resurrection by advanced future medicine. Many met a fate far grislier than death.
We all know somebody who avoids meat. These schools of thought suggest those people are onto something.
Nanofabricators could quickly synthesize whatever we need, molecule by molecule.
Robinson v. California helped to established a rehabilitative ideal: addiction should be dealt with as a therapeutic matter.
Music is often labelled a “universal language,” and according to the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, there is a good reason for that.
Adam Frank, a card-carrying atheist and physics professor, wonders if there might be more to life than pure science.
Can Detroit get its comeback right?
Australian parrots have worked out how to open trash bins, and the trick is spreading across Sydney.