Death is the great and terrifying unknown, awaiting us all at the end of this life. Giving it a personality makes it easier to gaze upon.
Although the statue’s political connotations faded over time, its eyes remain fixed on a key moment in Florentine history.
A famous explorer's doomed ship is finally found 107 years after it was lost to the Antarctic deep.
Ideas often taken for granted in the United States and Europe about what it means to be a person are, quite simply, not shared with other cultures.
Sweet, bitter, salty, sour. These are the four basic tastes we were taught in grade school. But there is a fifth: umami. And it's everywhere.
An unexpected finding shows us how little we know about the early human story in our region.
Symbolic gestures often speak to our psyche in ways no rational action could ever speak to our intellect.
Long before Christopher and Magellan, ancient explorers voyaged into the unknown and brought home extraordinary tales.
Meet T. imperator and T. regina.
If you don't mourn in North Korea, you risk being executed.
The so-called "court painter of Silicon Valley" was shaped by her youth in communist Poland but looks forward to a future ruled by celebrity robots.
SIDS deaths have decreased worldwide, but research has yet to solve this medical mystery.
Privateers pillaged British merchant ships in the name of liberty — and profit.
Finland reveals that happiness is more about mindset than umbrella drinks and sun-warmed beaches.
With advanced laser technology and an appropriate sail, we could accelerate objects to ~20% the speed of light. But would they survive?
Chess was once blamed for triggering mental health problems, including suicide and even murder. Today, the same is said of video games.
Scientists captured it on footage 1.5 miles below the surface.
Where the prime meridian meets the equator, a non-existent island captures our imagination — and our non-geocoded data.
Satire and an inflated sense of self-importance collide in a series of maps that goes back more than 100 years in American history.
Before Herbert came along and wrote Dune, few if any sci-fi stories were set in fully realized universes.
There are a few possible solutions to the problem of interstellar travel, but they largely remain within the realm of science fiction.
In her 2020 book, "The Alchemy of Us," Ainissa Ramirez explores how important material inventions shaped the course of human experience.
Bernini created art for 8 different popes. In the process, he helped reinforce and redefine Christianity’s visual culture.
Researchers develop a fungus that kills mites that contribute to honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder.
The “Euro Night Sprinter” map is utopian, but Europe’s rail future could look a lot like it.
Spicy foods are enjoyed the world over, but scientists don't know why people partake in culinary masochism.