Although saying the wrong thing could often get you killed in ancient civilizations, history shows that the ideal of free speech has deep roots.
In some Asian countries, what's in your blood may influence your social status.
Discover the history of homemade sugar skulls, home altars, and fantastical spirit animals.
We're still using 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid a year, but burials are becoming far less common.
What's especially bizarre about the McGurk effect is that knowing you're being duped doesn't correct your perceptions.
Even the most unorthodox posthumous plans have their own historical, spiritual, and scientific significance.
Short-hop regional flights could be running on batteries in a few years.
From the explosions themselves to their unique and vibrant colors, the fireworks displays we adore require quantum physics.
Before gunpowder was introduced to the West, medieval Arabs devised grenades using crockery.
How do fireworks work? A pyrotechnics chemist explains the science behind the brilliant colors and sounds
If you put very fine black powder powder in a confined space it explodes in a cloud of heat, gas and noise.
A clear alternative has yet to emerge.
Beavers offer lessons about managing water in a changing climate, whether the challenge is drought or floods
Letting nature's expert engineers lead the way.
Rare and costly paints have shaped art history in unforeseen ways. Mummy brown caused one artist to bury his paint.
Is there victory in defeat?
Let's celebrate the progress, but put the cork back in the champagne bottle.
It started with a 22-year-old woman, named in papers only as Mrs McK.
David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian were awarded the highest honor in medicine for their research into how human bodies make sense of and respond to the outside world.
Symbolic gestures often speak to our psyche in ways no rational action could ever speak to our intellect.
“Should they strike, each of them has an energy at impact equal to all of the nuclear weapons on Earth combined."
Turns out gender assumptions have been going on for quite some time.
The young man died nearly 2,000 years ago in the volcanic eruption that buried Pompeii.
How one startup plans to use "death rays" for good instead of evil.
For decades people have arranged to freeze their bodies after death, dreaming of resurrection by advanced future medicine. Many met a fate far grislier than death.
An unexpected finding shows us how little we know about the early human story in our region.
There’s never been a better cultural moment to capitalize on microlearning.
Gigantic ranges called "supermountains" formed twice in Earth's history, and they may have had a profound influence on evolutionary history.