ScholarsLeading intellectuals in the fields of history, philosophy and science
Smithsonian researchers used optical technology to play back the unplayable records
May 2013 | By Charlotte Gray
Was the man whose assassination began World War I riding in a car destined to bring death to a series of owners?
April 22, 2013 | By Mike Dash
From a fish's dyed nerves to vapor strewn across the planet, images submitted to a contest at the university offer new perspectives of the natural world
April 19, 2013 | By Megan Gambino
A chemical analysis of early 1900s medicines, billed as cure-alls, revealed vitamins and calcium along with toxic compounds
April 08, 2013 | By Joseph Stromberg
The lawman had a reputation to protect—but that reputation shifted after he moved East
April 03, 2013 | By Gilbert King
One of behavioral psychology's most famous scientists was also one of the quirkiest
March 20, 2013 | By Marina Koren
In 1820, one of Britain's most notorious criminals hatched a plan to rescue the emperor from exile on the Atlantic isle of St Helena -- but did he ever try it?
March 08, 2013 | By Mike Dash
March 2013 | By Michael Caruso
After studying chimpanzees for decades, the celebrated scientist turns her penetrating gaze on another life-form
March 2013 | By Jane Goodall
Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a Soviet sniper credited with 309 kills—and an advocate for women's rights. On a U.S. tour in 1942, she found a friend in the first lady.
February 21, 2013 | By Gilbert King
The renowned chimp expert discusses her new book, her efforts to protect the rainforest and why she misses living with chimps
February 21, 2013 | By Joseph Stromberg
Did members of a powerful society of warlocks actually murder their enemies and kidnap children?
February 19, 2013 | By Mike Dash
They have recently been the subject of a lot of scrutiny, but the American military first began developing similar aerial vehicles during World War I
February 12, 2013 | By Jimmy Stamp
Home to the naturalist for 40 years, the estate near London was always evolving
February 2013 | By Rebecca Stott
Artist and MIT professor Erik Demaine makes flat geometric diagrams spring into elegant, three-dimensional origami sculptures
January 23, 2013 | By Marina Koren
According to a new study, they're also much more likely to lie about their findings as they climb the academic ladder
January 23, 2013 | By Joseph Stromberg
The minister of armaments was happy to tell his captors about the war machine he had built. But it was a different story when he was asked about the Holocaust
January 08, 2013 | By Gilbert King
Ancient Roman pills, preserved in sealed tin containers on the seafloor, may have been used as eye medicine
January 07, 2013 | By Joseph Stromberg
Does the evidence against these 44 slaves really stack up?
January 02, 2013 | By Mike Dash
From the inventor of the barcode to the discoverer of how cancer spreads, we take a look at the brilliant minds who shaped our culture and modern way of life
December 29, 2012 | By Mohi Kumar