Once a book is published, who gets to interpret it? Us or the author?
The unique light signatures of nautical beacons translate into hypnotic cartography.
Searching for happiness in the midst of personal or societal crises are nothing new.
Hoarders know their habits are abnormal, and yet they cannot help themselves. Maybe you can help them.
Bears, chimps, or humans? A track of five poorly preserved footsteps at Laetoli has puzzled paleontologists for decades. Now, a research paper from Nature claims to have solved the mystery.
Malignant discrimination remains a problem in society, but it’s one we’ve improved upon compared to its historic highs—or, rather, lows. Interracial marriage, to pick one example of progress, used to […]
Protest music is a natural feature of humanity.
It's hard to get off of the couch after a few eggnogs, let alone destroy public property.
People in the West are constantly encouraged to sleep less and accomplish more. But the science behind sleep deprivation shows why that's a terrible idea.
Digitally restored vector painting of President Thomas Jefferson. Digitally restored vector painting of President Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States of America, the principal […]
Ayn Rand champions self-sufficiency, attacks altruism, demonizes public servants, and vilifies government regulations because they hinder individual freedom.
Sex is everywhere in Greek and Roman art.
Thought experiment: What if you graft Israel's borders onto the San Francisco Bay Area?
Hope has played a significant role in the lives of African Americans throughout history, from early abolitionists to Martin Luther King and President Obama.
Rock salt is great at keeping roads free of ice, but using it over the long term poses serious dangers.
A new study tries to figure out who finds dark humor funny.
I'll meet you at the corner of Saruman and Aragorn
The polls are in, and what will be the deciding factor in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election is something a little more human.
Every year, air travel contributes more and more carbon emissions into the atmosphere, altering the world's climate. But we never stop to think about how climate change will affect air travel. Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Reading, is about to tell us.
No less than 40 percent of us hold the belief that God created the world 10,000 years ago, according to three decades of Gallup surveys. But another survey seeks to delve deeper into Americans' beliefs, and has found, when pressed, our certainty waivers.
What does football really teach us? In "Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game," author Mark Edmundson recounts his own high school football experience from the perspective of age and asks that very same question in a nuanced, clear-eyed way that might make you think twice about why we love football so much and what that love may be doing to us and our children.