Organized criminal syndicates are responsible for most illegal logging, which accounts for up to 30 percent of timber traded globally
October 03, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Mao Zedong encouraged critics of his government—and then betrayed them just when their advice might have prevented a calamity
September 26, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Augustus Heinze dominated the copper fields of Montana, but his family's scheming on Wall Street set off the Panic of 1907.
September 20, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Today, as protests continue across the Muslim world in reaction to a translated movie trailer posted on YouTube, French Magazine Charlie Hebdo announced that it was publishing cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad
September 19, 2012 | By Mary Beth Griggs
Can modern science determine who shot this 18th century Swedish king?
September 17, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Throughout the 1876 campaign, Tilden’s opposition had called him everything from a briber to a thief to a drunken syphilitic
September 07, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The Grand Dragon of the Klan and prominent Indiana politician had a vicious streak that had horrifying consequences
August 30, 2012 | By Karen Abbott
Identical twins can actually get away with crimes by blaming one another
August 24, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
"Count" Victor Lustig once sold the Eiffel Tower to an unsuspecting scrap-metal dealer. Then he started thinking really big
August 22, 2012 | By Gilbert King
A new report issued by TRAFFIC issues the latest depressing statistics surrounding the epidemic-proportion illegal rhino horn trade between South Africa and Asia.
August 21, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Crowdsourcing threatened and endangered species listings turns out to be more efficient than relying solely on the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency that oversees the Endangered Species Act
August 17, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
In Vietnam, dog lovers had best keep their pooches behind high, locked fences if they don't want their pets to wind up boiled in a pot, served fried with a sprig of cilantro or twirling over a barbecue pit.
August 01, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Because of their complex brains and rich social lives, should dolphins and whales be considered non-human legal persons, with full legal rights?
July 23, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
To the urban gardener's dismay, it seems that, at least for city officials, the sight of glistening berries and bountiful veggies is an offense warranting reprimand and bulldozers.
July 20, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Two New York City jewelers, caught with $2 million worth of illegal ivory, plead guilty to charges of commercializing wildlife.
July 13, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Though Congress promised back in 1969 that mines would clean up their act, the miner's bane seems to be back in Appalachia's coal mines. Black lung has returned to the scene.
July 11, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The Gore-Booth sisters, Constance and Eva, forsook their places amid Ireland's Protestant gentry to fight for the rights of the disenfranchised and the poor
July 10, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Her claim of being "the Heiress to $15,000" was just one of the many falsehoods that carried Cassie Chadwick from city to city and bounced check to bounced check
June 27, 2012 | By Karen Abbott
Should it be illegal to keep your HIV status a secret? Most states agree that it should. Forty-five states have laws against HIV-positive persons not disclosing their status during sex, acts of prostitution, needle exchanges or when donating organs, blood or semen. Some of those states also make it illegal for HIV-positive persons to bite [...]
June 26, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Just as people were experimenting with the potential uses of broadcast TV in the 1930s, so too were they envisioning ways to utilize closed-circuit TV in the 1950s
June 26, 2012 | By Matt Novak