A new study finds surprising evidence of the self-evolution of urban foxes.
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Even tyrants and despots offer wisdom worth heeding.
You’re gonna die, cloud! All stars, even our Sun, will someday eventually die. After burning on the main sequence for billions of years, the Sun will expand into a red giant, […]
If you want to understand what the Universe is, how it began, evolved, and will eventually end, astrophysics is the only way to go.
Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.
Maps show the oldest company in (nearly) every country – and a few interesting corporate trends.
What do guns, roses, and Guns N' Roses have in common? They're all awesome. And all of them are in our weekly random fact roundup.
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 […]
From striking women with goat’s skin to showering them with chocolates and flowers, here is how Valentine’s Day became the holiday we know today.
The persistent dream of a “gay utopia” is one of the constants in gay and lesbian historical imaginings over the last 200 years. But is it real?
The quest began with a simple enough question: "Where is the skull of Andreas Vesalius?"
Visit the place where in 1593 an astrologer and a playwright used a shamanic ritual to found the British Empire
Most maps are directional tools, but some are their own destination, like this fun narrative-driven map from the New Yorker.
The Valentine's holiday is fast approaching. There's technology to help.
Culturally and economically, modern Turkey is at a dangerous crossroads.
In the history of discovery, most discoverers struggled to recognize their discovery. The value of Gregor Mendel’s famous pea experiments were only recognized decades after his death. Without the theory […]
A study shows a substantial decline in general intelligence of 1.23 IQ points per decade or 14 IQ points since Victorian times.
The neuroscience of creativity is flourishing. But will the popularity of this subject lead to better, or sloppier science?
It was the best of webcams, it was the worst of webcams, it was “must see” TV, it was “must flee” TV—in short, this has been an interesting week in […]
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Robert Greenberg — pianist, music historian, and author of How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and […]
People with synesthesia "inhabit a strange no-man's-land between reality and fantasy. They taste colors, see sounds, hear shapes, or touch emotions in myriad combinations." We recognize this condition in infants, as well as artists, who seek to defamiliarize perceptions of reality.
As a very young girl I was so smitten with the fantasy that was the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer that I wrote to the Queen to […]
We’ve been reading a lot lately about the rediscovered remnants of the Pink and White Terraces (also known as Te Tarata and Otukapurangi) near Mt. Tarawera in New Zealand, but […]
There has been outrage from both sides of the aisle at the deal that Obama has worked out with the Republican leadership to extend the Bush tax cuts. Some Republicans […]
Like Satan, he is known by many names—Sinterklaas, Père Noël, Tomte—but we Americans call him Santa Claus. The long white beard, red outfit, reindeer, etc., all seem like givens to […]
The Center for Inquiry has posted a list of its many Darwin Day events scheduled for locations across the country. For science enthusiasts, these events serve as an important ritual […]
“Fog in Channel, Continent isolated” is one of the better remembered British newspaper front page headlines, but as the new Coalition Government here in London takes its swingeing axe to […]
An amazing feat of engineering, but at the cost of much blood and treasure
In the current issue of the Boston Review, Charles H. Stewart III and Stephen Ansolabehere, two MIT professors, argue that the election of Barack Obama was hardly evidence of a […]