In the wake of the pandemic, the crystal industry boomed, with customers hoping the stones might relieve a little anxiety.
This map shows that the territories discovered by Europeans add up to an area no bigger than Utah.
An elaborate device called the Mechanical Turk defeated Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte at chess. Edgar Allan Poe revealed the hoax.
In theory, history is the sum of everything that ever happened; in practice, it’s a story we tell ourselves to make sense of and justify our actions in the present.
The recently discovered Oort cloud comet, Bernardinelli–Bernstein, has the largest known nucleus: 119 km. Here's what it could do to Earth.
The mad dog’s bite caused a hideous metamorphosis, which transformed its human victim into a nefarious monster.
We eat 50 billion chickens every year. Is there a better way?
Impressive but deadly physics underlie catastrophic eruptions.
The costs of such an endeavor would be extremely high, while the potential payoffs would be uncertain.
How do you recover after an economic apocalypse? It is not what you know, but who you know.
Animals are adapting all the time these days to stay out of our way.
A 2020 study has revived a longstanding controversy over Christopher Columbus' claims of marauding cannibals in the Caribbean.
What responsibility should government authorities and Big Tech take in policing the spread of sedition-oriented content?
If you see a political movement embodying all of these traits, watch out.
To war is human – and Neanderthals were very like us.
Three out of four Russians accused of witchcraft were men.
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 […]
Join the lauded author of Range in conversation with best-selling author and poker pro Maria Konnikova!
Society-changing ideas form through a three-stage process, argues author Michael Bhaskar.
Understanding the factors behind recent growth could help us better approach inequality.
Every year, scientists like George Church get better at editing the genomes of human beings. But will genome editing help or hurt us?
Social media distorts the reality of the public sphere.
The tragedy of Alexis de Tocqueville: The French aristocrat who spent his life trying to understand democracy
Despite losing most of his extended family to the guillotine, Tocqueville grew up to become a fervent supporter of democratic revolution.
Christmas was banned in 1647 and rebellions broke out across the country.
Future evolution: from looks to brains and personality, how will humans change in the next 10,000 years?
Discussions of human evolution are usually backward looking, as if the greatest triumphs and challenges were in the distant past.