Seventy-five years later, opinions still vary on what caused the airship to explode so suddenly
May 10, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Baghdad was the bustling capital of the vast Islamic Empire a thousand years ago, when the city's climate was much different than today
February 27, 2012 | By Virginia Hughes
Sixty years ago, with nothing but numbers, logic and some basic know-how, the inventor of the Turing Test explained how to make a stripe
February 21, 2012 | By Virginia Hughes
Cats, zombies, earthquakes, chickens--our readers have an eclectic taste
December 28, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Cambridge University is digitizing its collection of works by Newton and other revolutionary scientists of the past
December 14, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
A new play explains how despite the many challenges, the famous scientist didn’t stop trailblazing after her first Nobel
November 03, 2011 | By Casey Rentz
Albert Einstein called Emmy Noether a "creative mathematical genius"
October 07, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
There are 200 million European starlings in North America, and they are a menace
October 04, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
This rare and dangerous element, discovered by Marie Curie, is found in cigarettes and was used to poison an ex-KGB agent
October 03, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The pioneering physicist's dedication to science made it difficult for outsiders to understand her, but a century after her second Nobel prize, she gets a second look
October 2011 | By Julie Des Jardins
In 185 A.D., someone in China looked up in the night sky and saw a new star
September 06, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Katharine Hepburn's Connecticut beach house and 8,900 other homes were swept into the sea
August 25, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
I was certain that the bird's plumage had to have been faked, but all the photographer did was darken the background. Those feathers were real
July 15, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The NIST Museum has placed images of several items on the website of its Digital Archives and is asking the public for help
June 15, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
I have to say, when I think about the end of the Space Shuttle program, I'm really not that sorry to see it come to a close
May 16, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Despite decades of progress for women in science (and some arguments that no more is needed), the playing field still isn't level. But do all the advantages men get result in them thinking more highly of their expertise than female scientists do? Three researchers, including D. Carolina Useche at t...
April 13, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
1 ) Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into space in Vostok 1 on the morning of April 12, 1961, 50 years ago today.2 ) He was a 27-year-old military pilot.3 ) He and his family were thrown out of their house by the Germans during World War II.4 ) They had to live in a dugout in the garden.5 ) Gaga...
April 12, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
In 1925, John Scopes, a high school biology teacher, was put on trial in Tennessee for having the audacity to teach evolution to his students. In the 21st century, teachers don't have to worry about being arrested for teaching this fundamental topic in science, and the Supreme Court declared teachi...
April 04, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
This is the story of a missing link that never was
April 01, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
There's this somewhat counter-intuitive idea that economic downturns are good for your health. You might expect the privation and malnutrition inherent in such times would take a toll. But during the Great Depression, mortality rates fell. And since that time, the idea that recessions are a net-pos...
March 28, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski