"Immodest Acts" tells the story of Benedetta Carlini, a lesbian nun who claimed to be a mystic visionary but failed to convince the leaders of her faith.
Modern applications of Stoicism show up in unexpected places, from the latest techniques in psychotherapy to texts on Christian theology.
The loss of elephants accelerates climate change.
For the ancients, hospitality was an inviolable law enforced by gods and priests and anyone else with the power to make you pay dearly for mistreating a stranger.
Three out of four Russians accused of witchcraft were men.
Anastasia lives alone in perfect harmony with nature – or so the story goes – and nature serves her devotedly.
We have two ways of measuring the expansion rate. Here’s the harder one. If you want to understand where our Universe came from and where it’s going, you need to measure […]
If an AT-AT walker (or something even larger) wanted to walk across a frozen lake, how thick would the ice have to be? Each winter, one of the most spectacular phenomena […]
It’s absolutely true that atoms are mostly empty space. But removing even that empty space is impossible, and this is why. If you were to take any object in the Universe […]
If all you see is low-energy light in a myriad of directions, you can’t be sure. But this light comes from the Big Bang. There are a lot of things that […]
Once science operations begin for James Webb, we'll never look at the Universe the same way again. Here's what everyone should know.
It took hundreds of thousands of years to make atoms for the first time. If things were just a little different, it could have taken an eternity. When it comes […]
America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons issued a statement to remind its members of their fundamental obligation to science-based medicine and animal welfare.
We all know who Confucius was, but what did he teach?
Spoiler: it isn’t the end of the Universe, and it’s not likely to lead to new evidence for the Multiverse, either. On March 14, 2018, the most famous and celebrated […]
Polygamy has been denounced by the Mormon church for more than 100 years. So why does the stereotype persist?
If the LHC can’t produce new fundamental particles, the collisions coming from it still a chance to teach us something incredible. “It was quite the most incredible event that has […]
Is there an alternate Universe with a different version of you, and all the outcomes you didn’t choose? “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” –Stephen King, The Dark […]
Is a silly name to blame for the Wii U's lack of success in the console market? Some critics blame poor marketing while others question Nintendo's ambiguous balance between serious and casual gaming.
The Anthropic Principle is more limited than we like to believe. “There is a voice inside of youThat whispers all day long,‘I feel this is right for me,I know that […]
The top 10 pictures from a Russian cosmonaut you’ve never heard of. Image credit: NASA, Space Shuttle Atlantis, during mission STS-132. “We came all this way to explore the Moon, […]
Fans of Dan Brown (and Tom Hanks) hoped to get an education in the Italian Renaissance along with their beach reading (and movie-going) of The Da Vinci Code. But they're missing out on a Renaissance master of art and mathematics just as captivating and mysterious as Da Vinci—Piero della Francesca.
The World Cup is in full swing, with all eyes firmly focused on the 32 national teams competing for the coveted, gold-swaddled trophy. So raise your hand if you can […]