EventsMomentous and notable cultural and historic occasions as well as holidays and celebrations
Add Labor Day to the vaulted hall of things concocted by secret societies, alongside Madonna's Superbowl performance and Pancho Villa's stolen skull
September 03, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
England’s most famous living novelist has moved to America—and tilted the literary world
September 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
A World War II bomb was discovered by workers the on the site of an old bar that was being demolished, and then blown up the next day
August 30, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
The "After the Storm" workbook that helps parents sort out their kids' feelings following a potentially traumatic hurricane
August 29, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
A range of satellites are set to watch Isaac, giving a step-by-step look into the storm's evolution
August 29, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Destabilized by an earthquake and ravaged by cholera, Haitians prepare for tropical storm Isaac
August 24, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
See how British cryptologists cracked the coded message that propelled the United States into World War I
August 21, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
A half-century ago, a U.S. military test lit up the skies and upped the ante with the Soviets.
August 15, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Archaeologists are excavating hundreds of skeletons from the boggy swamps, and the remains belong to men who all sacrificed around the time of Christ
August 15, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Straddling the seam between the Eurasian and Arabian tectonic plates, Iran has a history plagued with earthquakes
August 15, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Singapore's "unbelievably low birthrates" have inspired "National Night," a campaign to encourage Singaporean couples to "let their patriotism explode" on August 9.
August 08, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
In 2010, $607 million dollars worth of small and light arms left the United States, headed to buyers around the world
August 07, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Deep underground in southern Italy, just outside the city of Naples, the Campi Flegrei supervolcano has been resting for the past 500 years.
August 06, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Soldiers arriving home with missing or mutilated genitals have drown attention to the lack of government support for in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination using donated sperm, which costs up to $7,000 per procedure.
July 31, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Voted female athlete of the 20th century, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four gold medals while pregnant with her third child
July 31, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Records at the National Archives in London show how organizers cobbled together the 1948 "Austerity" Games
July 31, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
The Army has announced that they are designing body armor specifically tailored to women's bodies.
July 26, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Amidst the turmoil of an ongoing civil war, Syrian President al-Assad has been threatening to use chemical weapons if faced with international intervention.
July 26, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Roughly 40,000 years ago, the Neanderthals that lived in the Mediterranean disappeared. Whether they simply up and left, or died off, is anybody’s guess. They were still a common sight in western Europe for another 10,000 years, so outright extinction is off the table. In trying to understand what lead to the Neanderthal’s decline, archaeologists [...]
July 24, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
In 1957, five Air Force officers volunteered (and one cameraman was voluntold) to stand directly below a mid-air detonation of a 2-kiloton nuclear warhead.
July 19, 2012 | By Colin Schultz