This wearable spacecraft let humans take one giant leap away from Earth
November 2013 | By Andrew Chaikin
The first European to glimpse the Pacific from the Americas crossed Panama on foot 500 years ago. Our intrepid author retraces his journey
September 2013 | By Franz Lidz
A furtive antiquarian nicknamed Stoney Jack was responsible for almost every major archaeological find made in London between 1895 and 1939. But did he do more harm than good?
August 19, 2013 | By Mike Dash
The young scientist demolished the old guard's ideas on the nature and size of the universe
May 20, 2013 | By Gilbert King
Turks and Caicos had one of the world's first, and largest, salt industries—which led, indirectly, to their becoming the only tropical jurisdiction to have a pair of igloos on their flag.
December 14, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Held captive far longer than his surrender agreement called for, the Apache warrior made his case directly to the president
November 09, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Did ancient priests fool visitors to a sulfurous subterranean stream that they had crossed the River Styx and entered Hades?
October 01, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Through centuries of human suffering, one vision has sustained: a belief in a terrestrial arcadia that offered justice and plenty to any explorer capable of finding it
August 28, 2012 | By Mike Dash
John D. Rockefeller Sr. epitomized Gilded Age capitalism. Ida Tarbell was one of the few willing to hold him accountable.
July 05, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The Mulka Store served only a handful of customers a week. Yet its remarkable owners ensured it remained fully stocked, with everything from medieval armor to dueling pistols
June 25, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Captain Lawrence Oates wrote that if Robert Scott's team didn't win the race to the South Pole, "we shall come home with our tails between our legs." Actually, worse was in store
May 16, 2012 | By Gilbert King
A century ago, Douglas Mawson saw his two companions die and found himself stranded in the midst of Antarctic blizzards.
January 27, 2012 | By Mike Dash
A 1912 photograph proves explorer Captain Robert Scott reached the South Pole—but wasn't the first
January 2012 | By Victoria Olsen
The explorer of Dr. Livingstone-fame provides a classic character study of how willpower works
December 2011 | By Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
In 1782, an unknown French engineer offered an invention better than radar: the ability to detect ships hundreds of miles away
October 13, 2011 | By Mike Dash
The historian discusses the ecological impact of Columbus’ landing in 1492 on both the Old World and the New World
October 05, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
The Indians who greeted Columbus were long believed to have died out. But a journalist's search for their descendants turned up surprising results
October 2011 | By Robert M. Poole
Two obscure 16th-century German scholars named the American continent and changed the way people thought about the world
December 2009 | By Toby Lester
Two hundred years later, debate continues over whether the famous explorer committed suicide or was murdered
October 09, 2009 | By Abigail Tucker
The European discovery of America opened possibilities for those with eyes to see. But Columbus was not one of them
October 2009 | By Edmund S. Morgan